Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Willamette University

Holocaust survivor Guy Geller will speak Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. The event is free and the public is welcome.

Born in 1936, Geller was the only child of a Hungarian writer and French-born American mother. His family was respected in Budapest and considered "privileged," but the onset of World War II caused a dramatic change in circumstances.

The German Gestapo arrested his father on Geller's fourth birthday. With help, the boy was taken to France, where he hid from 1942 to 1946. Geller didn't hear of his father's death in the Auschwitz gas chambers until 1996.

Today Geller is a retired business executive. In his retirement he wrote "Journeys to Freedom," about his war experience. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and was a guest of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1997 Geller began a weekly column, "Armchair Ponderings," in the Magnolia Gazette. The commentary column won a top award in 1998 from the Mississippi Press Association.

For information contact Olympia Vernon, Hallie Brown Chair of Writing at Willamette University, at 503-370-6290.