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Holocaust survivor saved by Oskar Schindler speaks (Released: 4/21/98)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

Storrs, Conn. -- Rena Finder, a survivor of the Nazi death camps who worked for and was saved by Oskar Schindler, will discuss her experiences from the Holocaust during the Thirteenth Academic Convocation on the Holocaust at the University of Connecticut, on April 23, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The address, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception, will be held in the Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The program is free and open to the public.

"Oskar Schindler ... wasn’t constrained by the norms of the community, so he was able to resist the pressures of the community. It’s something we find in a number of the people who helped the Jews, who tried to save them. Schindler was very much his own person, and he could resist the pressure to cooperate with the Nazis," says Arnold Dashefsky, director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn, a co-sponsor of the program.

Finder will discuss her experiences in a concentration camp and as an employee in Schindler’s factory, and the parallels to the movie, which she says was accurate in a number of areas. The movie, directed and

produced by Steven Spielberg, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 22, the evening before Finder’s lecture, also in the Konover Auditorium. A special commemoration, honoring victims of the Holocaust and celebrating the people who, like Schindler, helped people escape, will be held on the Dodd Center plaza at 6:45 p.m., just prior to the showing.