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Reserve seats to hear Holocaust survivor April 19

Holocaust survivor Michael Berkowicz and his wife, Bonnie

Holocaust survivor Michael Berkowicz, pictured here with his wife, Bonnie, will tell his family’s story on Pellissippi State’s Blount County Campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

Pellissippi State Community College will host Holocaust survivor Michael Berkowicz on its Blount County Campus next week as the world commemorates Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Michael’s Holocaust story is unique in that he was born in Siberia while his family was in exile,” explained Pellissippi State Associate Professor Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson, who worked with Adjunct Instructor Alison Vick and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to bring Berkowicz to campus. “His parents had escaped Poland by fleeing eastward to Russia, where they faced hardships. Berkowicz will speak about his experience during and after the war, focusing on the antisemitism his family faced in Poland after their return.”

You can hear Berkowicz’s story at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the West Chevrolet Auditorium on the Blount County Campus. His presentation will take about 45 minutes, leaving time for questions at the end. Light refreshments will be served after the event.

This free event will not be livestreamed. Because the West Chevrolet Auditorium has limited seating, please indicate how many seats you would like to reserve for this event here.

To request accommodations for this or any campus event, call 865.694.6411 or email