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Past Events- Rena Finder

Updated: Nov 5, 2019


Lessons in Leadership with Rena Finder took place on June 26th 2019 with Rena Finder, a survivor of the Holocaust and one of the youngest saved by Oskar Schindler. She spoke with us at the Nancy and Richard Donahue Family Academic Arts Center to nearly 100 people to share her story. Ms. Finder was born in Poland in 1929 and her family was later moved to the Krakow Ghetto before she was transported with her mother to the Plaszow concentration camp and later Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was saved from an almost certain death by the Nazi-businessman Oskar Schindler who saved over 1,200 Jews during the second world war. She gave a very moving and emotional talk on the horrors of her experience as well as the kindness she was shown by people and the immense effects that it had on her life and survival. The emphasis on the key values of kindness, tolerance, and the fact that, underneath, we are all the same and all deserve fair treatment and happiness. The message could not have been clearer, we must all live our lives and treat others with kindness and that there is never any excuse to be a bystander. It was a truly moving and unforgettable experience with a message that should never be forgotten.

Footage of Lessons in Leadership with Rena Finder:

Watch the Pre-Event Video with some historical background and information on our speaker:

Date: June 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30

Location: 240 Central Street, Lowell MA (The Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center)

Special thanks to Peace First for making this event possible through a grant.


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