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Apr. 10, 2018
HCC to Host Holocaust Survivor for Presidential Lecture Series
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) is proud to announce the second speaker for the Presidential Lecture Series. The event will be held April 17 at 11 a.m. in The Griffin Centre.

Abram Piasek was only 11 years old when the Nazi party rose to power in his Polish town of Bialobrzegi. Within months, the peaceful village was transformed into a den of fear for the Jewish population. Deportations became commonplace and Piasek soon found himself on a train.

The details of what he has seen, heard and survived are remarkable. The horrors he has witnessed would cause many to be perpetually angry and bitter. However, Piasek is not like the many. Instead, his experiences have strengthened his resolve to fight hate in the world. He has been sharing his story for years, captivating audiences of all ages through his personal insights. "People have to know," he said. "There are a lot of deniers, people who donít believe this happened. Thatís why I decided to tell my story firsthand, where I was a kid myself. I think I turned out pretty good."

Piasek is the second speaker in the Presidential Lecture Series. When asked why he was included in the series, Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC, said, "Mr. Piasek's perspective on one of historyís greatest atrocities is important for us all to hear. No matter how old we are, we have to remember that hate does nothing but destroy lives. My hope is that Mr. Piasek's message will strengthen a movement of unity in our community.Ē

The Presidential Lecture Series is one piece of Elam's initiative to make HCC an Institute for Progressive Communities. Elam began this initiative in 2018, developing an environment at HCC that will serve as the starting point for programs and projects that strive to unify our community.

The event is free and open to the public. All are invited, and encouraged, to attend.
Abram Piasek, a survivor of the Holocaust of World War II, is the second speaker in the Presidential Lecture Series at HCC
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