Meredith College Professor Emerita of History Carolyn Happer is the co-author of a new book, "Chosen for Destruction: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor."
The book tells the story of Morris Glass, Happer's co-author.
Glass is a Holocaust survivor who was 11 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland. He spent four and a half years in ghettos in his hometown and in Lodz (the longest lasting ghetto), two months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and eight months in five camps that were part of the Dachau camp system. During those years, he lost his youth, his home, and his father, mother, and two sisters. Out of 42 close family members only he, his brother, and a first cousin survived.
"The book is a mix of memoir and history," Happer explained. "He tells his story, and I explain what happened to him in a historical context."
Happer, who has taught history at Meredith since 1986, met Morris Glass in 2007 when he spoke at the North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration service, which was held at Meredith College.
"His narrative was so compelling and he was so charismatic that I said to myself, 'his is a story that needs to reach a wider audience,'" Happer said.
Glass agreed to work with Happer on the book, a project that took two and a half years to complete.
Intended for the general reader, "Chosen for Destruction" is also suitable for high school and college classes.
The book is available in the Meredith Supply Store, and locally at Raleigh's Quail Ridge Books & Music, and at NOFO. It can also be purchased on Amazon.com. Click here for more information from Amazon.com.
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