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UCD professor recalls childhood in Warsaw Ghetto

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From page A5 | April 06, 2014 |

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Alex Groth. Courtesy photo

The Warsaw Ghetto in the early 1940s was Adolf Hitler’s preliminary step in the World War II destruction of European Jewry — the Holocaust. Alexander Groth, a UC Davis professor emeritus of political science, as a Polish Jewish child, spent nearly two perilous years in the Ghetto between 1940 and 1942.

His talk, “Recollections and Reflections on the Warsaw Ghetto,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Sponsored by the CBH Israel Matters Committee, the program will take place in the congregation’s Social Hall.

The event comes two weeks before “Yom HaShoah,” the Hebrew term for the annual “Holocaust Memorial Day,” which begins at sundown on April 27.

Groth will address aspects of the life and death of the Ghetto and some modern interpretations of the experience.

A Holocaust survivor, Groth escaped from the Ghetto during the period of gas chamber deportations in August 1942. Eluding capture in various hiding locales, he and his mother were the sole remnants of their family in 1945.

He came to the United States in 1947 at age 15, attended high school and college in New York City, and received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 1960.

Groth is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles, including “Democracies Against Hitler” (1999), “Holocaust Voices” (2003) and “Accomplices: Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust” (2011). He taught at UCD from 1962 to 1998 and is a longtime member of Congregation Bet Haverim and its Israel Matters Committee.

For more information, contact George Rooks at gmrooks3@gmail.com.

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