Holocaust survivor to speak in Folsom on Sunday

Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa, 90
Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa, 90 David Miller

Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa will discuss how he survived the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland, and won a U.S. Purple Heart in a speech Sunday at Folsom Lake College.

“We were totally dehumanized” at the camp, said Rosa, 90, who now lives in Los Angeles.

Rosa, one of 56,000 Greek Jews, said his weight fell from 150 to 85 pounds at Auschwitz. Near the end of World War II, Rosa and other Jewish prisoners were on one of the forced evacuations, or “death marches,” when he and several others escaped and were rescued by American soldiers. The Americans gave Rosa a uniform and he spent months battling the Nazis and then hunting them after the war.

Rosa, who won five American military medals for his heroism, is being brought to Folsom by Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, director of the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Folsom.

“It is imperative that every person, especially our youth, hear Albert Rosa’s presentation” to help ensure such horrors are never repeated, Grossbaum said.

Rosa will speak from 2-4 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Faculty and students with school identification can get free tickets.

For more information, go to www.jewishfolsom.org/lecture

Stephen Magagnini: 916-321-1072, @StephenMagagnini