Alfred Tibor: Anti-Semitism and the Second World War

Work by Alfred Tibor

On March 16th @ 7:30PM, OWU Hillel and a group of other campus offices and organizations will sponsor a talk by Alfred Tibor.  Mr. Tibor is a Holocaust Survivor who lives in Columbus.  The talk will be open to the public and all are encouraged to come.  As time goes on, hearing firsthand accounts of the Nazi Holocaust from survivors is becoming less and less feasible.  We hope all who are able will join us for this rare opportunity.

A sophomore, who knows Mr. Tibor from her hometown of Bexley, has taken the lead on planning this event as a response to the anti-semitic incident we suffered as a community in December.  When she first proposed the event to me she said, “There was an anti-Semitic attack in December, but many people on campus still do not know that it even occurred…I feel that it is very important for the OWU campus to host Mr. Tibor so this incident does not just go by and is forgotten about.”  A member of a sorority on campus, she has been working with the Panhellenic Council and Council of Fraternity Presidents to ensure that the audience for this talk is a large as possible.  She told me, “Mr. Tibor asked how big OWU was and when I responded around 1,800, he said he wanted 1,801 in the audience.”  I am impressed by her energy and efforts and hope others will be too.

Last year for Yom haShoah, John Koenigsberg spoke to us about his experiences as a child survivor of the Holocaust. Of all the Jewish children who lived in Nazi occupied Europe, he is among the 7% who survived. During the Second World War he was ultimately hidden by a Catholic Family and was able to survive.  He came to the United States after the war, at age 16.

Similarly, Mr. Tibor’s story is not one that follows the familiar ghetto-concentration camp storyline.  Originally known as Alfred Goldstein, Tibor was born in Hungary in 1920 and was drafted into the German Army in 1940.  He was one of only two survivors of a Siberian prisoner-of-war camp.  He and his brother changed their last name to Tibor in honor of their third brother, Tibor, who was executed in a concentration camp along with the rest of their family.  Tibor moved to the U.S. in 1957 were he worked as a designer and made a name for himself as a sculptor who creates work in response to the Holocaust.

Help us fulfill Mr. Tibor’s wishes and fill Gray Chapel to capacity on March 16th.

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3 Responses to “Alfred Tibor: Anti-Semitism and the Second World War”

  1. Crystal Birkhold Says:

    Was this speaker recorded? My family wanted to attend, but we were out of town. I would love to hear his story.
    Thank You and God Bless You,
    Crystal
    member of First Fruits Homeschool Group, Delaware County

    • owujew Says:

      Crystal – Someone did tape it. Let me see if I can get you all in touch via email. Thanks for your interest and sorry we missed you.

  2. owujew Says:

    Peter, This blog is part of my job as Chaplain for Jewish Life at Ohio Wesleyan University. Thanks for reading!

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