Artist Paula Burger survived the Holocaust by jumping fences.
When the Nazis would raid her little town, what had become a ghetto in Poland after German invasion, her parents would send her over the fence to hide until they left.
Born in Poland in 1934, Burger survived her relocation to Soviet-controlled Novogrudek, Poland after the Nazis invaded in 1941.
She later found refuge in the Jewish Bielski partisan camp, which was depicted in the 2008 movie â€œDefiance.â€ Situated in Belarus between 1941 and 1944, the Nazi resistance group rescued more than 1,200 Jews, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Web site, http://www.ushmm.org.
As a part of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week, Burger will share her story of survival tonight in the Lory Student Center Theater. The event will start with an art showing at 6 p.m. and Burger will speak at 7 p.m.
Burger first started to paint at the age of 12, and she immigrated to the U.S. in 1949 at 14. From then on, Burgerâ€™s reputation as an artist began to grow, and she said that she has always wanted to be a painter.
â€œWell Iâ€™m an artist. Painting means everything to me. Itâ€™s what I do,â€ Burger said in a phone interview with the Collegian.
â€œThe fact that Paula lived through (the Holocaust) and can attest for that story â€¦ I think, why not go?â€ said Ashley Lauwereins, the president of the Hillel Chapter at CSU. â€œThere really is no reason for people not to go to hear how someone survived.â€
Hillel Director Josh Samet encouraged that people go to Burgerâ€™s presentation.
â€œBasically the whole purpose of this in regard to the Holocaust is never forget,â€ he said.
â€œMost CSU students â€¦ their kids will never hear a story (of survival),â€ he said. â€œSo itâ€™s for them to take in and pass on to other people as well.â€
Editorâ€™s note: President of the Hillel Chapter at CSU Ashley Lauwereins is also a reporter for the Collegian.
Staff reporter K.C. Fleming can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: speaking in the Lory Student Center Theatre
When: Today, 7 p.m.
An art showing precedes the talk at 6 p.m.