Stories of Loss, Survival, and Living Memory
Holocaust Survivor Comes to Speak at Goucher
By Matt Simon
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WBAL-TV 11 recently aired a commercial-free special entitled, “Survivors Among Us.” The program was an hour-long tribute to Holocaust survivors who call the Baltimore area home. On Tuesday, October 25, the Goucher community had the opportunity to view an encore presentation of the feature in Buchner Hall. In addition, a question-and-answer session with reporter Deborah Weiner and survivor Leo Bretholz followed the program.

The Quindecim went to press before the event actually took place on campus. However, through intensive interviews with two of the survivors featured in the program, The Quindecim has details of the program’s content, and even some information that may have been left out. Weiner is a member of WBAL-TV’s special projects unit. She has done in-depth and investigative reports for the station, bringing her experience from ABC News. She is also the program developer. On WBAL-TV’s website Weiner explains, “When you see an Auschwitz survivor smile, or even dance, it just seems bigger than just about anything else.” Bretholz is one of the many survivors to be highlighted in the program. He was on the run for seven years from the Nazis, with almost too many miraculous escapes to count. “Every moment, every day that ended was a plus,” Bretholz told The Quindecim. “And you hoped that the one you wake up to in the morning was better than the one that just ended.”

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