July
20

July 20

From Nazi Prisoner to Wall Street King:

The Indefatigable Siggi Wilzig

By the time he arrived in the United States at the age of 21, Siggi Wilzig had survived Auschwitz, Mauthausen, two death marches and near starvation. With only a grade school education and $200 in his pocket, he had no choice but to shovel snow, press bowties and sell tires to keep himself fed.

But Siggi had made himself three promises when he left Europe: He’d never go hungry again. He’d support the Jewish people. And he’d speak out against injustice.

So, with the same ingenuity and grit he’d mustered to endure four years in the hands of the Germans, he tackled America. Twenty years later, he was president of a Texas oil company. Ten years after that he had grown a small New Jersey bank into a commercial institution with more than $4 billion in assets.

Clearly, Siggi never knew hunger again. Nor did he forget his other promises.

By the time of his death in 2003, he’d raised more than $100 million for Israel Bonds – and given millions more to other Jewish charities. A founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Council, he became the first Holocaust survivor to teach West Point cadets a profound lesson in justice.

Join us to hear from Joshua Greene, author of the new biography Unstoppable, about this force of nature who pulled himself up from the depths of hell to conquer his new country. The lessons of Siggi’s life of resilience and determination are especially relevant now as we emerge from the trauma of the pandemic.

A Holocaust scholar, Joshua Greene is the author of two prior books about the Holocaust, a popular lecturer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has aired on PBS and Discovery.

In conversation with Rabbi Anne Brener and Dr. Michael Berenbaum (read more about them here).
Tuesday, July 20 | 
11:30 am Eastern
Free
Free

A Virtual Event

A free copy of the book included for first 2,500 registrations. (Limit one per household, US shipping only)

We are happy to offer these webinars free of charge in these challenging times and hope you enjoy them. Any contribution to support our efforts is appreciated.

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Tuesday, July 20 | 
11:30 am
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By the time he arrived in the United States at the age of 21, Siggi Wilzig had survived Auschwitz, Mauthausen, two death marches and near starvation. With only a grade school education and $200 in his pocket, he had no choice but to shovel snow, press bowties and sell tires to keep himself fed.

But Siggi had made himself three promises when he left Europe: He’d never go hungry again. He’d support the Jewish people. And he’d speak out against injustice.

So, with the same ingenuity and grit he’d mustered to endure four years in the hands of the Germans, he tackled America. Twenty years later, he was president of a Texas oil company. Ten years after that he had grown a small New Jersey bank into a commercial institution with more than $4 billion in assets.

Clearly, Siggi never knew hunger again. Nor did he forget his other promises.

By the time of his death in 2003, he’d raised more than $100 million for Israel Bonds – and given millions more to other Jewish charities. A founding member of the Holocaust Memorial Council, he became the first Holocaust survivor to teach West Point cadets a profound lesson in justice.

Join us to hear from Joshua Greene, author of the new biography Unstoppable, about this force of nature who pulled himself up from the depths of hell to conquer his new country. The lessons of Siggi’s life of resilience and determination are especially relevant now as we emerge from the trauma of the pandemic.

A Holocaust scholar, Joshua Greene is the author of two prior books about the Holocaust, a popular lecturer and a documentary filmmaker whose work has aired on PBS and Discovery.

In conversation with Rabbi Anne Brener and Dr. Michael Berenbaum (read more about them here).

A Virtual Event

A free copy of the book included for first 2,500 registrations. (Limit one per household, US shipping only)

We are happy to offer these webinars free of charge in these challenging times and hope you enjoy them. Any contribution to support our efforts is appreciated.

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