Holocaust survivor to speak Monday

WELLSBURG – A survivor of the Holocaust who has gone on to help others as a psychologist will speak at Brooke High School Monday.

Edith Eva Eger will speak to Brooke students in two sessions during the school day and present a program for the public at 7 p.m. that day at the school’s auditorium.

There is no admission, but a collection may be taken to help defray Eger’s expenses.

Ellen Larter, a math teacher at the school involved in arranging the visit, said Eger is traveling from California and her expenses will only partly be covered by funds remaining from a $10,000 state grant secured by state Sens. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg, and Orphy Klempa, D-Wheeling, for the program and a community spaghetti dinner held by the school on Martin Luther King Day.

Larter said fellow Brooke match teacher Karen Keener had heard Eger speak and suggested inviting her to Brooke High School.

A native of Hungary, Eger was a teen in 1944, when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp where at least 1 million Jews, Poles and others were killed.

Her parents were killed but after being move to another camp in Austria, Eger was rescued by American troops. In 1949 she and her husband moved to the U.S., and she earned a degree in psychology from the University of Texas.

She has written about her experiences and spoken about them on numerous television shows.

Larter said those attending the program may submit questions for her beforehand and she will answer them as time permits.