Dr. Henry A. Fribourg, UT Professor Emeritus of Crop Ecology, will speak at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, 21 June 2016, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room.
Fribourg escaped with his immediate family from France and the Holocaust in 1942, and took refuge in Cuba. In 1945, they arrived in the United States and became citizens in 1951. Years later, he wrote about their experiences in ESCAPE TO FREEDOM – A Story of Survival, Dreams, Betrayals, and Accomplishments.
The book is described at amazon.com as: “… the autobiographical memoir of a 12-year old French Jewish boy, who with his parents, sister and baby brother, escaped from occupied Europe in January 1942, one month after Pearl Harbor. His mother had had premonitions of the coming Holocaust (Shoah) and needed to convince her husband to leave the Old World to give their children another chance at life, even when her parents opposed her departure.”
Using genealogical research, he identified numerous members of his extended family who did not survive the Holocaust. In 1942, his grandmother had taken refuge in a small town in the mountains of central France, where she was arrested by the Schutzstaffel (SS) in spring 1943 and sent to Auschwitz. Sixty years later, inhabitants of the town honored her memory, and that of other victims, in a moving ceremony of remembrance. Throughout his book, Fribourg reminds readers to remember the events in Europe from 1933 through 1945.
Fribourg, a disabled Korean War veteran, became a professor of crop ecology at the University of Tennessee where he worked for 45 years, retiring in 2001. He taught graduate level courses and received numerous awards and recognitions.
Open to the public, thus program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit its website at www.blounttn.org/197.