Penn State Hazleton to host Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser for March 30 webinar

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Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser, pictured during a previous presentation for Penn State Hazleton in 2021, will again appear for a free webinar on Thursday, March 30, at 1:35 p.m.

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HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton will host Holocaust survivor, author and nonprofit founder Ben Lesser for a live presentation about his life at 1:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Attendees are asked to register in advance for the free event. 

Lesser will share his firsthand account of enduring six years of persecution, including captivity, by the Nazis during World War II. He also will describe his life after liberation in the United States, where he started a family, became a successful real estate professional, and began dedicating himself to educating young generations about the Holocaust. Lesser first shared his story with the Penn State Hazleton community in 2021. 

Lesser founded the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation in 2009 to promote awareness and memory of the Holocaust. He is the author of an autobiography titled “Living a Life that Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream.” 

On March 14, Lesser was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who selected Lesser for the award in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the commemoration of atrocities committed during the Holocaust. 

Lesser will be appearing during Penn State Hazleton Professor Michael Polgar’s Holocaust and Human Rights course and the event is open to the public, including all members of the campus community. Students, staff and faculty may attend in person in Room 202 of the Kostos Building. Limited seating is available; seats are first come, first served. 

For questions or more information, email Polgar at [email protected].