Hungarian Holocaust Survivor Eva Friedlander to Give Lecture at Young Harris College

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Hungarian Holocaust Survivor Eva Friedlander to Give Lecture at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Monday, Nov. 5, Young Harris College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a special guest lecture by Hungarian Holocaust survivor Eva Friedlander at 4 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The free event will include a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Friedlander’s story provides unique historical evidence regarding the tragic experience of civilians during World War II. She escaped the Nazis by disappearing in plain sight and using her wit and resolve. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Hungary, she had to hide her identity, live in disguise and constantly move around to avoid being sent to a concentration camp.

After the war ended, Friedlander soon met her husband, George, who was a prisoner at several concentration camps before managing to escape from a train headed for Auschwitz. The pair married in Rome, Italy, where Eva studied at the Accademia di Belle Arte and worked with the American Joint Distribution Committee to help find homes for the displaced. George worked on the Nobel-Prize-winning team that developed a way to mass produce penicillin.

After settling in America in 1950, Eva Friedlander achieved her lifetime goal and became a successful art consultant and antique dealer. The 91-year-old resident of Buckhead, Ga., chronicled her incredible story of survival in the 2010 book “Nine Lives of Marriage: A Curious Journey.”

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5140.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit