Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Oeschle 224
Michael Bornstein and Debbie Holinstat

The community is welcome to a presentation by Michael Bornstein, one of the youngest known survivors of the Auschwitz death camp, and his daughter, TV news producer and co-author Debbie Bornstein Holinstat. Through a series of photos, recently discovered documents and memories shared, Michael and Debbie describe what happened to Jews in one Polish village in the 1940’s, and relate the unforgettable true story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved Michael’s life during the Holocaust. The story of Michael Bornstein's miraculous survival is recounted in their narrative non-fiction bestseller Survivors Club, released in March 2017. (People may recognize the iconic photo at https://i.ytimg.com/vi/WlPnoLDRxVc/mqdefault.jpg of a four-year-old Michael at liberation.)

About the speakers:

Michael Bornstein is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Analytical Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He spent four decades helping to develop life-changing drug treatments for major pharmaceutical companies including Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson. He speaks regularly at schools, synagogues and business institutions, sharing his experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.

Debbie Bornsteinis a veteran TV news producer and media coach. She has spent her career writing for some of the biggest names in broadcast news, including Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield and the Today Show's Craig Melvin. She won an Edward R. Murrow Award for live breaking news coverage and has spent 22 years covering political, economic and international news.


Sponsored by: 
Lafayette College Hillel Society

Contact information

Ethan Berkove
610 330-5582