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Descendant of WWII resistance fighter to give Holocaust lecture

Robert Bielsky, whose father and two uncles saved 1,200 Jews in Poland during World War II, will tell a little known story of resistance and survival at 4 p.m. on March 18 in DU’s Driscoll Ballroom.

Bielsky is president of Manhattan Commercial Realty Corporation. He also serves as the president of the Holocaust Memorial Committee and serves on the Museum of Jewish Heritage board.

Bielsky will speak as part of the fifth annual Fred Marcus Memorial Holocaust Lecture under the auspices of the Holocaust Awareness Institute at DU’s Center for Judaic Studies. 

Created as a memorial to Fred Marcus by his wife, Audrey Friedman Marcus, and hosted initially by Temple Sinai, the Fred Marcus Memorial Lecture became a program of the Holocaust Awareness Institute last year. 

In 1939, a 15-year-old Marcus escaped Nazi Germany to Shanghai, where he remained until 1949. After a longtime career in the Bay Area as a respected Jewish educator, Marcus moved to Denver in 1981. He became a popular teacher, impacting numerous adults and children as well as many local Jewish educational organizations. 

The annual lecture honors Marcus’ dedication to teaching about the Holocaust in schools, synagogues and church groups. Tickets are $12 for the lecture and a kosher wine and cheese reception. Students ages 12–18 will be admitted free of charge. Reservations are required by March 1.

For information on the lecture and the Holocaust Awareness Institute, reservations and co-sponsorships, or call Amy Berkowitz Caplan at 303-871-3013. 

The Driscoll Ballroom is located at 2055 E. Evans Ave.

The Holocaust Awareness Institute promotes Holocaust awareness and education in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. The Institute provides for people of all faiths and cultures to explore the meaning of the Holocaust and its lessons of respect and understanding for future generations. 

Housed within the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies, the Holocaust Awareness Institute has been the region’s leading institution for Holocaust education for more than 20 years.

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