featuring Stephan Lewy, child survivor
Thursday, April 11, 2013
440 Egan Research Center / 120 Forsyth Street
Berlin-born Stephen Lewy was just 7 years old when the Nazis took power in Germany. He spent the next nine years undergoing discrimination, displacement, and abandonment. His Jewish father struggled to make a living and stay alive under constant threat of imprisonment in a concentration camp. His mother’s Protestant family disowned him after her death. Lewy barely survived Kristallnacht, as he was locked in a synagogue with 100 other Jewish children. He escaped to France with a children’s transport, a step ahead of the German invasion. He hid in various places in France until finally securing a visa to the United States in 1942. Lewy returned to Europe as an American soldier 10 days after D-Day and witnessed the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Years later, Lewy attended night school at Northeastern University, earning a degree in accounting.