Holocaust Events at the Library

Post Date:04/01/2019 2:29 PM

On Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 PM, Person County Public Library will host speaker Bonnie Hauser, daughter of Holocaust survivor Rebecca Hauser. This event is free and open to the public.

Rebecca Hauser was a Holocaust survivor from Ioannina, Greece. In 1944, Rebecca, her family, and the entire Jewish community of Ioannina were deported to Auschwitz.  She was later transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp complex. As Allied and Soviet forces advanced into Germany, Bergen-Belsen became a collection camp for thousands of Jewish prisoners evacuated from camps closer to the front. In April 1945, British forces liberated the camp. Rebecca was the only survivor from her family.

During the years of jointly presenting with her mother, Bonnie compiled photos and other materials that capture her mother’s gripping story of survival. After Rebecca’s death in 2016, Bonnie has continued to share Rebecca’s story.

Bonnie Hauser’s visit is part of the library’s 2019 Community Read of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. John Boyne’s 2006 young adult novel is a fable that follows a boy named Bruno. Bruno meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, resulting in a friendship that has devastating consequences. Copies of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will be available for checkout at the library starting April 1. A showing of the book’s 2009 film adaptation will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM. The film is PG-13 and 94 minutes.

Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10, the library will also host a traveling exhibit, Dr. Seuss Wants You! This exhibit highlights Dr. Seuss’s political cartoons against fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry. The exhibit is presented by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education and the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.

For more information about events and services for all ages, call (336) 597-7881, visit, or follow the library on Facebook.

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