On Friday, April 12, holocaust survivor Max Slabotsky will be the guest speaker at a Brown Bag Lunch hosted by Mayor Robert E. Macdonald to mark National Days of Remembrance Week. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at noon in Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall.
Slabotsky was born in Belgium in 1931. He learned the art of tailoring at his father’s knee and is now a master tailor working in Portland, Maine. In 1943, he was arrested along with his parents and sent to Auschwitz, where he was put to work for the Germans, first on a farm and then cleaning pipes and sorting clothes. His mother, who had been used by the Nazis in medical experiments, survived for a short time after the camp was liberated by the Russians. After the war, Slabotsky became a paratrooper and lived on a kibbutz in Israel before coming to the U.S.A. in 1955.
Rabbi Hillel Katzir of Temple Shalom will give an event blessing and a brief video clip, “Never Again . . . Heeding the Warning Signs,” from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be shown. A question and answer session will enable attendees to interact with the guest speaker.