Dr. Cernyak-Spatz – a survivor, a teacher, and an inspiration

In Charlotte, Faith, Hillel, Holocaust, Home by Judy Schindler1 Comment

“Forgive? I don’t think there is anyone alive now who condemned me to death. And I’m still here.”

– Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, Queens University of Charlotte, Belk Chapel, November 13, 2018

To Dr. Cernyak-Spatz,
a survivor who testifies to the worst of humanity so we may remember,
a professor who teaches about history so we may learn,
a woman of passion who speaks her heart, mind and soul so we may have the courage to do the same,
a person of sharp intellect who challenges us to think critically,
a woman of strength whom we all admire,
a blessing – her words change the future.

We can honor Dr. Cernyak-Spatz and her life’s work by speaking out against hate wherever we see it.



Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz spoke to a crowd of 350 people, most of whom were young adults connected to Chabad Uptown Young Professionals, Moishe House and Queens University of Charlotte and had never heard a survivor share a testimony in person.

If you were there and want to see a creative, powerful presentation of her Holocaust journey of survival or if you missed it and want to be awed by Susan’s story of resilience, please join us on December 13, 2018 for a reading of an original play written by Charles LaBorde, directed by Dennis Delamar, performed and produced by Three Bone Theatre. The play is adapted from Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz’s autobiography Protective Custody PRISONER: 34042. Following the play, we will have more than a dozen local survivors available at the dessert reception whom we can honor and with whom you connect. To RSVP to the play click here.



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