Holocaust Survivor Morris Glass to Speak at Meredith

Holocaust survivor Morris Glass will speak at Meredith on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Jones Chapel. This event qualifies as an academic cultural event for general education.

Glass is a Holocaust survivor who was 11 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He spent four and a half years in ghettos in his hometown and in Lodz (the longest lasting ghetto), two months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and eight months in five camps that were part of the Dachau camp system. During those years, he lost his youth, his home, and his father, mother, and two sisters. Out of 42 close family members only he, his brother, and a first cousin survived.

“Holocaust survivors are in their mid to late 80s now; we are in our last years for the opportunity to hear these first hand stories, and Morris tells his poignant story so well,” said Chaplain Stacy Pardue. “My hope is that any faculty members that have classes with relevant material will strongly encourage their students to attend, that retirees will join us, and our whole community will support this event.”

Glass co-wrote his memoir, “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor,” with Meredith Professor Emerita Carolyn Happer. The book will be available for purchase during the event.

October Book Club Selection written by Meredith Profesor

Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor by Morris Glass and Carolyn Murray Happer is the Alumnae Book Club selection for the month of October.   Carolyn Happer is a Meredith College Professor Emerita of History and teaches several history courses including one which focuses on the events of the Holocaust.

Both authors Morris Glass and Carolyn Murray Happer will be special guests at this meeting! Please join us on October 25th at 6:30pm in the Chapel Commons Room.

For questions, please contact Amanda Oliver at oliveram@meredith.edu.

Hope to see you there!


To read more about the book selection and author Carolyn Happer, please see the selection below from the Meredith Marketing Department. 

Meredith College Professor Emeritus of History Carolyn Happer is the co-author of a new book, “Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor.”

The book tells the story of Morris Glass, Happer’s co-author.

Glass is a Holocaust survivor who was 11 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He spent four and a half years in ghettos in his hometown and in Lodz (the longest lasting ghetto), two months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and eight months in five camps that were part of the Dachau camp system. During those years, he lost his youth, his home, and his father, mother, and two sisters. Out of 42 close family members only he, his brother, and a first cousin survived.

“The book is a mix of memoir and history,” Happer explained. “He tells his story, and I explain what happened to him in a historical context.”

Happer, who has taught history at Meredith since 1986, met Morris Glass in 2007 when he spoke at the North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration service, which was held at Meredith College.

“His narrative was so compelling and he was so charismatic that I said to myself, ‘his is a story that needs to reach a wider audience,’” Happer said.

Glass agreed to work with Happer on the book, a project that took two and a half years to complete.

Intended for the general reader, “Chosen for Destruction” is also suitable for high school and college classes.

The book is available in the Meredith Supply Store, and locally at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books & Music, and at NOFO. It can also be purchased on Amazon.com. Click here for more information from Amazon.com.

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