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BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2017 – Holocaust survivor Theodora Klayman will share her story on Monday, Feb. 27 at King
University’s Memorial Chapel in Bristol, Tenn., at 9:15 a.m., and again that evening
at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol,
Va. The events are part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture’s 2016-17
Lecture Series and are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier and the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“One of our strongest programs each year is featuring a Holocaust survivor in partnership
with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” states Shannon Vance Harris, director
of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “This special museum inspires citizens
and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
The King University Institute for Faith and Culture supports the Museum’s far-reaching
educational programs, and provides a community forum to remember the past, to honor
legacies of those lost, as well as of those who survived, and to reaffirm our Christian
commitment to love mercy, promote justice, and walk humbly with our Lord.”
Theodora Klayman, was born Teodora Basch-Vrančić in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, on Jan. 31,
1938. Her father, Salamon, owned and operated a small brush manufacturing plant. Her
mother, Silva, a teacher, grew up in Ludbreg, a small town in northwest Croatia, where
her father, Josef Leopold Deutsch, served as the community Rabbi for more than 40
years. While visiting her grandparents and extended family in Ludbreg, the Nazis invaded
Yugoslavia. Croatia came under the control of the fascist Ustaša regime, which collaborated
with the Nazis.
After her parents were sent to the concentration camps, Klayman recalls living in
constant fear of detection by the Ustaša regime in Ludbreg. Klayman is often asked
to share her moving story of being hidden, along with brother Zdravko, first by a
maternal aunt and then, after her aunt was deported, protected by non-Jewish neighbors.
Adopted by an uncle following the war, she later met and married an American chemist,
settling in Washington, D.C. The recipient of degrees from the University of Maryland
in French and in teaching English as a second language, Theodora Klayman taught in
the Maryland public school system for 30 years. She has two children and three grandchildren
and has volunteered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1999.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at email@example.com, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524.
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