Holocaust survivor David Tuck to share story of survival in talk at Rowan

Holocaust survivor David Tuck to share story of survival in talk at Rowan


Holocaust survivor David Tuck will share his story of survival with the Rowan University community on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest of the Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.

A resident of Levittown, Pa., Tuck, 86, was born in Poland. He was just 10 years old when Germany invaded Poland. His family was sent to the Lodz ghetto. After a period of time, due to his German language skills, he was sent to Posen, a labor camp in Poland. Tuck was eventually shipped to Eintracthutte, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, where he worked in a factory building anti-aircraft guns.

In 1945, Tuck was deported on a train to Mauthausen in Austria, a grueling, 370-mile trip over four days. Later, he was sent to Gusen II, an underground factory, to build German aircraft. Americans liberated Gusen II on May 5, 1945. Tuck, weighing just 78 pounds, spent the next several months recuperating in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States in 1950.

Tuck’s talk is the third event of an academic year full of speakers, book studies, and discussions sponsored by the Rowan Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies and the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution (SJICR), a division of the Division of Student Life. His appearance also is part of SJICR's Multicultural Center’s Dining for Diversity Series.

 For more information, visit www.rowan.edu/chss/rchgs.