Holocaust survivor to speak at Washington County Republican Women event

Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, who will speak at the Washington County Republican Women evening social, Sept. 7. Background shows Auschwitz concentration camp. | Composite image includes publicity photo courtesy of Washington County Republican Women, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser is scheduled to speak Sept. 7 as part of a Washington County Republican Women evening dinner social that will not be forgotten.

Ben Lesser is the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and author of the book “Living A Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream.” | Photo courtesy of Washington County Republican Women, St. George News

Lesser survived several German ghettos, four concentration camps– including Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau – two death marches and two death trains. He is the only living survivor of the notorious Dachau death train.

“The young people who hear us speak and read our stories are the last generation to have access to a survivor,” Lesser said in an interview with Abbott Press earlier this year. “They are the last witnesses to truth. They will have to take on the responsibility of making sure our stories, and the lessons they teach, will live after we are gone.”

Lesser is the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and author of the book “Living A Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream.”

Tickets to the event are $25. Dinner is included in the cost, and $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

Through Lesser’s writing, his speaking and his amazing example, he teaches that through love and perseverance, we can overcome even the most destructive of hatred. 

Event details

  • What: An evening with Ben Lesser, Holocaust survivor.
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m. Check in and pay at 5 p.m.; please be in your seat by 5:20 p.m.
  • Where: Best Western Abbey Inn, 1129 S. Bluff St., St George.
  • Details: $25 includes dinner | $5 from each ticket will be donated to The Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.
  • Reservations are required and may be made at this website, by emailing [email protected] or calling 435-656-4361.
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  • comments August 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I’m glad they’re all old. Soon all of this stuff can fade into history and certain groups can stop using it for some sort of perpetual victim status. All of the Germans who perpetuated this are long long dead. Take a look at the way Israeli zionists treat Palestinians, and in comparison the Jews were probably treated much better by the nazis. The zionists shoot and kill in cold blood little Palestinian children. They treat them worse than if they were slaughtering pigs. Honest to God many Israeli zionists jews don’t even view Palestinians as human. You can’t get any more ironic.

    • bikeandfish August 30, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Wow, you turn a story about a Holocaust survivor into a platform form anti-Semitism (perpetual victim class) and anti-zionism (both comments). There is a time and place to have thoughtful conversations about the allegations leveled again Israel but its not now or here. This individual suffered through one of the worst autrocities in the last two centuries. Your statements are at best inhumane and shouldn’t be tolerated. Please reconsider making such comments in the future.

  • comments August 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Also, just to add: no country is responsible for more war, death, and destruction in modern times than israel. And guess who is the most powerful lobbying group in the US and owns our congress… the israeli-zionist lobby of AIPAC. They might as well have taken a page out of the nazi’s playbook on how to corrupt a democratic gov’t–basically a back door coup. Someday, the people may wake up…

    • !!! August 30, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Would you have them relive it? Maybe you should have your turn there and you wouldn’t be so quick for others to forget it. The propaganda you’re spewing is bad. Hopefully someday you’ll wake up on this issue.

      • comments August 30, 2017 at 11:05 am

        No, it’s just that now that “the shoe is on the other foot” we see that jews are more than capable of doing to other groups things such as the nazis did to them, which is the case of what they do to Palestinians. Every bit as brutal as any nazis. Not such innocent victims anymore.

  • DRT August 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The suffering of the concentration camp people should never be forgotten! Those who don’t know history are likely to repeat it. (A very loose quote.)
    There has to be a special place in hell for those people who try to deny this part of world history, along side the nazis that created the “racial cleansing.”

    • comments August 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

      The jews have kind of monopolized the victim industry I know, and they like us to believe they’re the only group that ever suffered, and they have always made sure they’re story is the most prominent and diminished any others. I’d encourage folks to look into what the Soviets did to the Ukrainians during communism. They had a holocaust of their own, but we simply never hear about it. All we ever hear about is jews jews jews. It’s simply a skewed narrative on history.

  • comments August 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Also, I’m not one of these “hall-o’-cost deniers”, and it could’ve very well been 4-6 mil jews, but a lot of the story that it was systematic killing with gas chambers doesn’t add up. It’s not a pleasant thing to study, but the conclusion of some historians is that the vast majority of the killing was done with ‘SS death squads’ where they’d basically have big trenches dug and shoot the victims in the back of the head. There seems to be a lot of fabricated history and folklore surrounding the events, such as making lampshades from human skin, and mattresses made stuffed with jew’s hair. Things like this being just nonsense. I just tend to think the germans have been demonized long enough. Everyone responsible is long long dead. I don’t know if 5th graders need to be seeing old clips of bulldozers pushing bodies into pits– I’m sure we were all forced to see those at one time or another. In the scheme of things the soviets were every bit as brutal as the germans, but we also never hear about that, either. A lot of people endured horrible things in WWII, it wasn’t just jews, but others don’t have all of hollywood constantly telling their story, so we simply never hear anything but jews jews jews.

    • bikeandfish August 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      If you are truly concerned about the representation of victims of other autrocities than take the time to tell their story. But telling their stories doesn’t mean dishonoring the millions of dead who suffered systematic extermination at the hands of Nazi Germany. You don’t honor the dead by intentionally undermining the stories of others. You don’t do that by engaging anti-Semitic tropes about Hollywood, victim class logic or denial of documented torture.

      I have to think somewhere below the inhumane comments you have posted here there is a morality or ethic that exposes the line you have crossed. Listen to that voice if it exists and rethink the hate you espouse here.

      • comments August 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        History is history. Zionists to this very day are murdering innocent people just as the nazis did. What can we do about that? I’ll just end with this: I hope during this dinner lecture they don’t play those clips of the bulldozers pushing the piles of emaciated corpses into pits.

  • bikeandfish August 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Except we aren’t talking about the broad group of people you condemn as Zionist. This is an event to give a voice to one of the last living survivors of the Holocaust. Your beef isn’t with them or the millions that were executed.

    I think you understand the difference and can act accordingly.

    • comments August 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Eh, I actually like a lot of jews. Don’t have a problem with jews in general. Stuff like this though really, how many times can it be repeated that “The Germans were all evil Nazis and the germans are pure evil”. I’ve just heard it enough and over time I believe statements like that are just self-serving lies, and this holocaust stuff will likely fade into obscurity over time, because today’s young folk aren’t at all interested in history, and it’s for the best. It’s time to move on from it. Some say the reason the germans have let all these rabid 3rd world muslims in is because of some kind of wwII guilt complex. It’s also a bit ironic because the more rabid 3rd world muslims enter europe the more jews are fleeing to Israel and other places. Muslims are very very hard on jews. I still haven’t figured it out. Just seems insane. Oh well 😉

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