Fritz Ottenheimer gave a reflection on his experience with Kristallnacht. Born in Germany, Ottenheimer and his family escaped the Holocaust and came to America. Shortly thereafter, he joined the American army in Europe and fought against the Germans in World War II.
“I remember waking up early on the morning of Nov. 10 to an explosion. I wondered what could have caused an explosion. I ran to the window. All I saw that was unusual was a flickering red light in the clouds. I ran out to the backyard where we had always been able to see the beautiful synagogue where, six months earlier, I had celebrated my bar mitzvah. Instead I saw a wall of fire,” said Ottenheimer.
James Paharik, professor of sociology, presented the Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award to senior Josie Rush for her essay “Picturing a Better Future: Media Literacy and Genocide.”
“I’m honored and sincerely humbled to accept this award,” said Rush. “The difficulty in life is to speak out about what isn’t easy to speak about and teach others.”