Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Georgia State Feb. 22

ATLANTA – Eugen Schoenfeld, a Holocaust survivor and retired professor and chair of Georgia State University’s Sociology Department, will speak at the university’s annual Cultural Event at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 22 in the Student Center Speakers Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.


Eugen Schoenfeld

American soldiers liberated Dachau in 1945. When the war ended Schoenfeld and his father returned to Munkacs and Schoenfeld came to the United States to study in 1948.“Eugen Schoenfeld will address his Holocaust experience and present his thoughts on the Holocaust as it is perceived in today’s world,” said Martha Fowler, director of student support services and the Office of Educational Opportunity and TRIO Programs. “It is important for students and others at Georgia State to understand similarities and differences among cultures, and also to know how history has impacted various cultures throughout the world. Understanding and empathy breed tolerance and willingness to cooperate.”

Schoenfeld, born in 1925, was among the Jews in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia who endured imprisonment in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camp. From Auschwitz-Birkenau he was sent to Warsaw to clean up the destruction left after the Warsaw uprisings and to Dachaua, a concentration camp in Germany.

Schoenfeld came to Georgia State in 1970 after holding various posts at Memphis State University, including professor, director of the Bureau of Social Research and director of graduate studies. He retired from Georgia State in 1995 with the distinction of chair emeritus.

Since his retirement Schoenfeld has been a contributing writer for the Atlanta Jewish Times, a consultant to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, educational director for the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and a Kennesaw State University ”Scholar in Residence.”  He has traveled the world giving lectures on sociology and the Holocaust and has authored two books: “My Reconstructed Life” and “Faith and Conflict: Reflections on Christian Faith’s Impact on the Rise of the Holocaust.”