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Rudolf Vrba
Rudolf Vrba
Associate Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

"War, Morality, and Deception: An Aushchwitz Perspecitve"
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Tue., Oct. 16, 2001, 8:00pm
Location: Auditorium, Spencer Musuem of Art
Rudolf Vrba was born Walter Rosenberg in Topolcany, Czechoslovakia in 1924. Arrested in 1942 for being Jewish, he was deported first to Maidanek and then transferred to Auschwitz, where he remained until he escaped with Alfred Wetzler in 1944. Under the pseudonym "Rudolf Vrba," Rosenberg, along with Wetzler, wrote the "Vrba-Wetzler Report," an expos? on the purpose and history of Auschwitz. The report reached the Allies just two months later, and as a result, the Allies warned Hungary to halt deportation of Jews.

After his escape, Vrba joined the Czechoslovakian Partisan Units and received the Czechoslovak Medal for Bravery for his actions in the war. It is at this time that he legally changed his name to Rudolf Vrba. After the war, Vrba pursued an academic career in biochemistry and has authored a number of research papers on the chemistry of the brain and on diabetes and cancer.

In 1964, in collaboration with Alan Bestic, Vrba wrote a book of personal recollections on Auschwitz entitled I Cannot Forgive.

Co-sponsored by:
Max Kade Center,
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures,
Center for European Studies,
Humanities and Western Civilization Program,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Hillel Foundation


This event is free and open to the public.

October 16, 2001
8:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Spencer Museum of Art

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