Faculty share lessons learned through Holocaust Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Lifestyles Reporter

At age 3, Dr. Zohara M. Boyd was running through the streets of Poland with her parents as bombs exploded around them.

The event had become so ordinary, she asked her parents, “Why are you afraid? It’s just bombs.”

Boyd is the co-director of the Office of Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University.

She was born in Piotrkow, Poland in 1942 during the formation of the first ghettos of World War II.

At three months old, her father acquired false Catholic baptismal certificates and escaped to Warsaw.

“It was strange that we went to Warsaw when Jews were known to be fleeing Warsaw,” Boyd said.

Boyd and her family lived in Warsaw from 1942 to 1945 by hiding in plain sight – a practice known as
“walking on the Aryan side.”