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Holocaust survivor to speak at OLL

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will speak about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II at Our Lady of the Lake at 2 p.m. Nov. 16.

Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will speak about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish, 790 A Ave., Lake Oswego. The event is free and open to the public.

Wiener, a devout Jew, was born in Chrzanow, Poland in 1926. In September 1939 he and his family left their hometown near the German border and fled to the interior of Poland.

In June 1942, at the age of 16, Wiener was deported to a forced labor camp. He was one of 80 people crammed into a train car to Blechhammer when he shared a room with 23 other people. It was there that he was reunited with his brother.

From June 1942 to May 1945, Wiener was incarcerated in five different forced labor camps. At the last one, Waldenburg Concentration Camp, he was stripped of his name and the last of his belongings. Only a number identified him.

He was liberated on May 9, 1945, the day after the official German capitulation by the Russian Army, and he returned to his hometown.

Eventually, Wiener married and had two sons. The family immigrated to the United States in 1960.

Wiener attended evening classes at Brooklyn College to learn accounting. He moved to Oregon in 2000 and began writing his memoirs. His autobiography, “64734-From a Name to a Number,” was published in 2007.

Wiener received an honorary bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College, an honorary law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and the prestigious Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit ollparish.org.

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