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L.I. Concentration Camp Survivor, U.S. Army Liberator Share Their World War II Experiences and Stories Nov 10.
Concentration Camp and Holocaust survivor Werner Reich of Smithtown and Marvin Bochner, a Regimental Sergeant Major in the United States Army, 83rd and 89th Division during World War II will take the stage at Suffolk County Community College's Islip Arts Building (Ammerman Campus, Selden) on Tuesday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to share their unique World War II perspectives as a concentration camp prisoner/survivor and U.S. liberator.
Reich's father, while living in Berlin in 1933, lost his job because he was Jewish. Reich's family, soon after, left Berlin for Zagreb, Yugoslavia. After Hitler invaded Yugoslavia and Croatia in 1941, Reich was forced to to live in hiding with two families until 1943, when he was found, arrested and beaten by the Gestapo. Reich was imprisoned and later transferred to Terezin concentration camp.Reich said 30,000 people died from starvation in Terezin , and of the 141,000 imprisoned only 17,000 survived.