Altruism isn’t something only certain people possess, but something we are all capable of.

That is the message Eva Fogelman will share when the social psychologist, psychotherapist and expert on the Holocaust speaks in Greenville this week.

Fogelman’s talk on altruistic behavior during the Holocaust is part of the Year of Altruism, the community-wide effort to encourage and celebrate altruism.

“Even in countries where there was a high level of anti-Semitism before the war like Poland and Ukraine, where when Jews were already seen as ‘the other’ to be persecuted, there were individuals who continued to see the Jews as human beings just like themselves, and worthy of life,” Fogelman said.

Fogelman has devoted her life to studying altruism, mostly through her work with the children of Holocaust survivors. Fogelman herself is the child of a survivor. She lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany following World War II, before moving to Israel.

Through her schooling for psychology, Fogelman became interested in the aftereffects of the Holocaust not just on survivors but on their children. This interest led her to look further into those who helped Jews and others who were persecuted at the hands of the Nazis… Read more