Holocaust survivor visits UT

Posted by on May 10, 2019 with 0 Comments
Dr. Harold Kasimow, Holocaust survivor and professor emeritus at Grinnell College, visited UTHS to share his story and reflections with students. Dr. Kasimow’s family stayed hidden in a hole under a barn for 19 months to avoid the Nazis.
by Macy Jefferson
 
On Monday, May 6, students had a fantastic opportunity to meet and hear the story of Holocaust survivor Dr. Harold Kasimow. Dr. Kasimow spent some time telling students about his career as a religious studies professor at Grinnell College, as well as sharing his unique and painful memories as a young Holocaust survivor.
 
Dr. Kasimow and his family spent 19 months in a hole dug out under a barn when he was four years old, never leaving the hole the entire time.  Only his father would sneak out at night to find food.  He shared how these experiences have affected his life today, and how his story is unique as he was part of very few families who survived the Holocaust.
 
At the end of his speech, students had the opportunity to ask Kasimow questions about his experiences. It was a great learning experience for all of those who attended. Special thanks to the Quad City Yom Hoshoa committee for making this possible.
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