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 Holocaust Survivor Dr. Nechama Tec to Address SRU Community 




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          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –   “Jewish Resistance: Women, Men and the Holocaust,” will be the theme when Slippery Rock University presents its annual Holocaust Remembrance Program featuring Holocaust survivor Dr. Nechama Tec, professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut, Stamford, at 4 p.m. March 29

      The free program, organized by Dr. Richard T. Martin, professor of political science, will be offered in SRU’s Miller Auditorium.

      Tec, born in Lubin, Poland, in 1931, has written seven books, including “Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust,” which won the 2002-2003 National Jewish Book Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; “Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood,” a memoir of her survival in Poland; and “When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland.”

           Her other books include “In The Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeise” and “Defiance: The Bielski Partisans,” which presents the story of Tuvia Bielski, a Belorussian Jew who organized a band of partisans that helped save more than 1,200 lives. She has published some 60 scholarly articles and is working on a book with Dr. Christopher Browning, SRU’s Holocaust program speaker in 2003.

      Tec earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in sociology at Columbia University and holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from Seton Hall University. A member of the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Academic Advisory Committee at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Tec was a scholar-in-residence at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashen in 1995. She frequently lectures at national and international forums.

      Tec was born to Roman Bawnik, a businessman, and Esther (Hachamoff) Bawnik, and for three years during World War II lived an assumed Christian identity. With the aid of Catholic Poles, her sister and parents survived the war by hiding in homes evading Nazi detection. After the war, she married Leon Tec, a child psychiatrist in 1950 and the couple immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, where they had two children.

      A professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford since 1974, Tec is a member of the advisory board of the Braun Center for Holocaust Studies of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith and its International Advisory Board of Directors of the Foundation to Sustain Righteous Christians.



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