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Kurt and Mitchell Weiss. Photo by Nick Friedman.
Sarasota Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 3 years ago

Weiss shares experiences from the Holocaust

by: Observer Staff

Kurt Weiss, father of Temple Beth Sholom Executive Director Mitchell Weiss, visited Sarasota Monday, Jan. 9, to speak about his experiences as a child living in Austria during the Holocaust.

As part of Temple Beth Sholom’s Interesting Lives series, Weiss recounted his family’s struggles to immigrate to America during Hitler’s reign.

After avoiding the German Gestapo, finding a stranger to agree to a visa sponsorship, leaving their loved ones and losing all their money, Weiss and his parents eventually made it to the United States, where he learned English and studied chemical engineering.

Today, Weiss is retired and has a wife, four children and eight granddaughters.


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