Holocaust Survivor Holds Assembly at East Meadow High School

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East Meadow High School welcomed Werner Reich, on May 21, as part of a Holocaust survivor testimony presentation in front of a pair of 80-minute student-assembly presentations. 

In Reich’s presentation, the German native described his family’s move from Germany to Yugoslavia in 1933 following the Nazis coming into power. In 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and was jailed for seven weeks before being sent to camps in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz I and II. 

After a seven-day death march in January of 1945, Reich ended up in Mauthausen, Austria. He then returned to Yugoslavia and escaped to England before marrying his wife in 1955. 

The couple immigrated to the United States, where Reich became an engineer. He and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren.

Reich is a frequent speaker and founding member of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum. The students were moved by his presentation and reminded that history must never repeat itself.