Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, to Visit Xavier

What: Holocaust Survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach

When: Friday, April 28, 2017  | 9:30 a.m. CST

Presentation Streamed Live on the Xavier Facebook Page. Click to head to the XHS Facebook page…

On Friday, April 28, 2017 Xavier will welcome Holocaust survivor, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach. Eisenbach will speak to XHS juniors and seniors at 9:30 a.m. in the Regis-LaSalle Theatre. The presentation will be streamed live on the Xavier Facebook page. 

READ the article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette about Dr. Eisenbach…

About Dr. Jacob Eisenbach

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He survived a concentration camp, but 100 other members of his immediate and extended family did not.

Eisenbach grew up in Lodz, Poland. On September 1, 1939, Nazis invaded Poland. They quickly took control of Lodz, the country’s second-largest city. The Nazis fenced off a section of the city to create a ghetto to house 160,000 Jews and ordered everyone inside by May 1, 1940. Any Jew discovered outside the ghetto after May 1st would be shot on the spot.

The border of the ghetto included watch towers every 200 feet equipped with search lights and manned by soldiers with machine guns. Eisenbach’s sister fled with some friends to the Russian part of Poland prior to May 1st.

His mother had died of rheumatic fever a year before the war. He and his father, brothers and extended family went into the ghetto. There was no radio, no newspapers, no way to communicate with the outside world. They knew nothing of what was happening and many were dying due to a starvation diet the Nazis imposed.

A typhus epidemic broke out in the ghetto and the Nazis transported all the affected patients from both hospitals and transported them directly to the gas chambers at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

Eisenbach eventually received a “deportation letter,” which Eisenbach assumed meant he was destined for Auschwitz as well. Eisenbach was sent to a different camp which served as a munitions factory to support the German war effort. This is where Eisenbach met his wife, Irene.

On one January day in 1945, everything changed and Nazis in the guard towers disappeared. After the war there was still a lot of antisemitism in Poland, and Eisenbach and his wife left, eventually smuggled out through Czechoslovakia.

Eisenbach’s wife died three years ago and he now dedicates himself to giving speeches about the Holocaust. He does not want future generations to have to experience what he did under the Nazi regime and to prevent the prevailing threat of genocide which exists still in today’s world.