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Faith & Culture Institute Presents Holocaust Survivor Esther Starobin

February 11, 2019

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2019 — Holocaust survivor Esther Starobin will share memories of her childhood after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 and recount how she learned of her parents’ death at Auschwitz during an upcoming visit presented by the King University Institute for Faith & Culture.

The opening lecture is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at King Memorial Chapel on the King campus. A second talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening at Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, VA. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Born in 1937, Starobin was just 2 years old when she was sent to England via the Kindertransport, a rescue effort that allowed thousands of refugee Jewish children to escape Germany during World War II. She lived with a foster family in England until 1947 and then, together with her three older sisters, was reunited with her brother in the United States. Her parents remained in Germany and, after sending their five children to safety, were taken to a French camp and then Auschwitz, where they died in 1942.

A retired teacher, Starobin now serves as a member of the Survivors’ Speakers Bureau for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her Bristol appearance is part of King University’s 2018-2019 Institute for Faith & Culture, which this year celebrates a theme of “Remembrance & Hope.” The series is dedicated to cultivating conversations on issues that matter.

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