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The Life of Eddie Willner: A Survival Story (rescheduled from April)

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location:

Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA
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Contact: Shelly Rosenstein

Email: shelly.rosenstein@jccnv.org


Presenter: Michael Willner, son of Eddie Willner and Chief of Workforce Training and Development at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

 

In April 1945, Eddie Willner was an 18 year-old German Jew who weighed 75 pounds from starvation. Twenty-seven members of his family, including his parents,

had died in concentration camps. For five years, he had either been in camps performing hard labor or on the run from the Nazis. Willner was on a march ordered by SS guards at a subcamp of Buchenwald concentration camp when he and five other prisoners escaped. Eight days later Eddie was rescued by two U.S. Army soldiers. Within months, he came to the United States and enlisted in the Army, married a German and worked as a civil servant for another 20 years.

Eddie’s son Michael will join us to tell us more about the difficult but moving and inspiring story of his father. Two years ago, we were privileged to hear the story of Eddie’s wife and Michael’s mother, Hanna, as she spoke about her escape from East Germany.

Fee:  $5 all participants


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