Holocaust survivor, Doris Martin, will speak Monday, April 9th at 6:30 PM in the Turrentine Room at the Escondido Public Library. Ms. Martin, author of the book Kiss Every Step, recounts her miraculous survival and that of her family in Nazi Germany. Born in Poland, she survived Auschwitz and spent three-and-a-half years in a labor camp handling and measuring explosive powder to build mines for the Nazi war effort. She writes, “The German army swept into Poland on September 1, 1939, and into my home town of Bendzin. The Nazis burned down our beautiful synagogue with 200 Jews inside. Most families in our town were wiped out by the Holocaust. Through many incredible strokes of luck or miracles, all seven of us survived. For an entire Jewish family in Poland to survive the Holocaust is amazing.”
Ms. Martin resides in Escondido and Flagstaff, Arizona. She believes that her miraculous survival, and that of her family, is proof that there is still hope to make the world a better place. She and her husband, Ralph Martin, have long been activists in teaching tolerance and she shares her message in schools and community engagements. They established the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University in 2000. The mission of the Institute is to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to promote moral courage, altruism, and tolerance. Ralph and Doris Martin hope that through education, their Institute will help to reduce intolerance and hatred in order to prevent future outbreaks of these kinds of crimes.
This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but early arrival is encouraged as seating may be limited. Kiss Every Step will be available for purchase for $10.00 and Ms. Martin will sign books after the speaking engagement.
The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information contact 760-839-4601