Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban to speak at Western Feb. 11 and 12

Noémi Ban, a local resident and Holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, will share her story at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Arntzen Hall 100 at Western Washington University. File photo by Shea Taisey / Communications and Marketing intern

Western Today staff

Noémi Ban, a local resident and Holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, will share her story at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Arntzen Hall 100 at Western Washington University.

The talk is free and open to the public, but because space is limited, reservations for Ban’s hour-long talk are mandatory,

The number of opportunities to listen, in person, to survivors of the Holocaust describe their tragic experiences and inspire us with their wisdom are passing.

“Your generation may be the last one able to listen to a survivor,” Ban has told Western students.

Ban will be available for a Question and Answer session and book signing at the end. Ban’s speech is sponsored by Western’s Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education.

Ban retired as a teacher in 1989 so she could devote her time to educating students about the Holocaust. She is the author of the book “Sharing is Healing,” and her experiences are documented in the 2007 film “My Name is Noémi.” She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Award, and has received honorary doctorates from Gonzaga University and Western Washington University.

Admission is free; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To make a reservation, please go to the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education’s website at www.wce.wwu.edu/NWCHGE/.

For more information on Ban’s lecture, contact The Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University at 360-650-4529 or NWCHE@wwu.edu.