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Holocaust survivor to speak March 16 at arts center

Mar 07, 2017

Holocaust survivor Max Rodrigues Garcia will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center at a free event open to the public.

Garcia’s talk is titled “Auschwitz, Aushwitz ... I cannot forget you.”

According to a press release from the convention center, “In this unique first-hand account, Rodrigues shares his remarkable story, the loss of his family and his survival of Auschwitz and three other camps. This is not just a story about the past but also a testimony to Max's life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented. Max is an inspiration with his story and his living example.”

The lecture isn’t just story about the past, according to Rustin Lippincott, the center’s executive director.

“It is a testimony to Max’s life today, the influence of which is felt by many generations and even in the lands where he, and so many others, were tormented,” stated the press release. “From tales of cunning within the camps to those of how Max rebuilds his life after liberation, he recounts how the Holocaust could not extinguish his dreams. Max not only survived the concentration camps, but began to rebuild his life the moment the first American tank rolled in, working as an interpreter for his liberators.”

“The opportunity to present a program of this emotion, magnitude and historical significance to the people of Southeast Iowa is a highlight of our 10 year history,” Lippincott said. “Our intent for programming on the Sondheim stage is to enrich, educate and entertain.

This lecture style presentation, complete with a question and answer session with the attendees and Mr. Rodrigues, provides an educational and enriching experience like none of our more than 500 performances to date.”

The entertainment value, albeit different than national touring Broadway musicals or iconic singers, will be captivating to hear the heroic efforts that 93 year old, Mr. Rodrigues made to survive, his move to America and his life in San Francisco as an architect, Lippincott added.

Garcia, along with his daughter, Priscilla Alden Thwaits Garcia, is the author of Auschwitz, Auschwitz...I Cannot Forget You As Long As I Remain Alive and lectures across the world.

An Austrian teacher, who invited Garcia to speak to her class calls the book “a most important and touching testimony for the younger generation to live and learn from.”

Garcia’s book is available at the Sondheim Ticket Office and at the event. Garcia will sign books.

For more information on Max Rodrigues Garcia’s lecture at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, contact. Rustin Lippincott, 641-472-2000 or rustin@fairfieldacc.com.

Support for this event is provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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