Holocaust survivor David Tuck to help Rowan mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust survivor David Tuck to help Rowan mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day


In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust survivor David Tuck will share his story of survival with the Rowan University community on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest of the Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.

Tuck’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Berkenau Nazi concentration camp. The anniversary was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a way to honor victims of the Holocaust and to develop educational programming.

Born in Poland and raised by his Orthodox Jewish grandparents, Tuck, 86, was 10 years old when Germany invaded Poland. His family was deported to the Lodz ghetto. Because his German language skills were sufficient, he worked in the food ration office until 1941, when he was departed to Posen, a labor camp in Poland.

After working for a time in a labor camp constructing a highway system, he was deported to Auschwitz. He worked in a factory building anti-aircraft guns in Eintrachthutte, a sub-camp of Auschwitz. In 1945, he endured a grueling, four-day, 370-mile trip to Mauthausen in Austria, where he survived by eating snow.

Later, he was sent to Gusen II, an underground factory, where he built German aircraft. Gusen II was liberated by Americans on May 5, 1945. Weighing just 78 pounds, Tuck spent several months recuperating in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States in 1950. He now lives in Levittown, Pa. and shares his story through his involvement with the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center in Philadelphia.

Tuck’s talk is sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Center, the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution, the Division of Student Life, the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies, and Chabad.

For information regarding the event, contact Karen Susie, susie@rowan.edu or 856-256-5860.