Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Holocaust Survivor Ernie Weiss to Speak at Colby College

Holocaust survivor Ernie Weiss, will be speaking 
at Colby College 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm 
in the Pugh Center.   
All are invited and welcome to attend.

Candlelight vigil to follow on Miller Library Steps


Ernie Weiss was born in Vienna, Austria in 1931. He is a Jew. Following the annexation of Austria to Germany, he and his brother and parents began their journey to the United States. Mr. Weiss traveled through Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Cuba before arriving in the United States in 1946. The family settled in New York City for one year, and then moved to Brookline, Massachusetts where his father received employment. Ernie attended Brookline High School's class of '49, as a junior and senior; became a Boston University graduate in 1953 with a B. S. in Public Relations; and served in the U. S. Army from 1953 until 1955. 

He then married and had two children. Ernie entered the footwear industry, following his father's vocation, as a supplier of materials to shoe manufacturers. He was president of the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore (MA) among other volunteer positions and retired in 2004. He now lives in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. 

After his mother's death in 1990 he took four large boxes of photographs taken by his father, an enthusiastic photographer. It took several years to organize the photos. Ernie then became interested in his father's incarceration in the Dachau concentration camp and the eight years of hectic flight out of Vienna. He thus began his research and discovered how other family members escaped from Vienna. This was the beginning of Out of Vienna. This is his first book.