Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is partnering with the Institute for Holocaust Education and UNL Amnesty International to host a free public event Thursday, Oct. 11, titled “Stories of Survival: Three Generations of Surviving Genocide.”
This evening event will feature special guests who have endured grave danger, extreme violence and unspeakable hardship. But they have survived and now bear witness to evil, in the hope of preventing such suffering in the future.
In 1938, Bea Karp’s family came face-to-face with the Nazis’ Kristallnacht when synagogues, Jewish homes and stores were destroyed, and 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps, including her father. She and the rest of her family went to a work camp. Although they were rescued, they remained hidden until the war was over to survive.
Channy Chhi Laux lived to tell her family’s story of the killing fields in Cambodia, when her own government enslaved, starved and caused the deaths of so many of its own citizens that it is one of the largest genocides on record. She made it her mission to see that the story is never forgotten.
Shireen Ibrahim cannot stand to look at the photo of the man from ISIS who kidnapped, tortured and sold her and other Yazidi women into slavery. Yet she keeps it on her cell phone just the same, because she doesn’t want the truth to disappear. Her mission is to seek justice for family members and others who remain missing.
All three women are survivors with ties to Nebraska; they will tell their stories Oct. 11 at Kimball Recital Hall, 1113 R St. on the UNL campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
This event is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at www.lfsneb.org/events/stories-of-survival/.