Dr. Ellen Umansky interviewed about university’s Holocaust Remembrance Service
- Posted on May 4th, 2011 filed in Radio
Dr. Ellen Umansky, director of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, spoke about the 2011 Fairfield University Holocaust Remembrance Program. It placed an overdue spotlight on a former Fairfield graduate student who doubled as a hero – the late Varian Fry. During World War II, Fry, called by many ‘the Artists’ Schindler,’ had foiled the Nazis and rescued over 2,000 Jewish intellectuals, including artist Marc Chagall, writers Franz Werfel and Leon Feuchtwanger, philosopher Hannah Arrendt and physicist Dr. Otto Meyerhoff. Twenty years later, the Ridgefield, Connecticut resident came to Fairfield to study for a teaching degree at the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.
Appeared on WLAD Radio during the week of April 18 & 25, 2011