World War II Holocaust survivor, Emanuel (Manny) Mandel, will share his experiences at the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute at King on Feb. 11, as part of the Institute’s 2012-2013 Lecture Series. There will be a second opportunity to hear Mandel speak that same evening at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, Va. The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.
“Our relationship with the National Holocaust Museum has given us the rare privilege to hear eyewitness testimony from Holocaust survivors over the last decade,” said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King. “As such opportunities become increasingly rare, we are even more grateful to have another visitor from the museum this year.”
Emanuel Mandel was born in Riga, Latvia. Shortly after Manny's birth, his father accepted a post as one of the four chief cantors in Budapest and the family returned to Hungary, where they had lived prior to 1933.
Growing up, Mandel’s parents wouldn't allow him have a bicycle. His parents thought someone might take it away from him because he was Jewish. After anti-Jewish laws were passed in 1938, Jews were severely harassed in Hungary. Mandel was seven years old when the Germans occupied Budapest.
Soon after Mandel was old enough to explore the neighborhood, the Germans came to Budapest in March of 1944. The Mandel families were with a group of Jews the Germans were exchanging for trucks. The family left on trains, and at night they slept outside in tents.
After the war, Manny went to Switzerland with his mother for several months, before immigrating to Palestine in 1945. He moved to the United States in 1949. Since moving to the United States, Mandel has had a long career in psychotherapy, and resides in Silver Spring, Md.
Emanuel Mandel will share his experiences as a Holocaust survivor at 9:15 a.m. in King’s Memorial Chapel on Feb. 11 and at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Public Library in Abingdon, Va. The event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.
PHOTO NOTE: Close-up black and white portrait is of Cantor Yehuda Mandel and his son Manny on a street in Budapest.
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