Child survivor to give Spiegler Holocaust Remembrance Lecture
Lea Malek will give the Meta and John Spiegler Holocaust Remembrance Lecture for 2018. The title of the lecture will be “The Name Behind the Number: Lea Malek, a Child Survivor of the Holocaust.”
The lecture will be on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium. Admission is free and it is open to all people of all ages.
Lea Malek was born in Janoshalma, Hungary in 1939. Her father was taken to a Nazi labor camp in Russia in 1942 and died there; in 1944 she and the rest of her family were herded into cattle cars for transport to Auschwitz. She became separated from part of her family and survived only because the car she was in was randomly chosen for slave labor on a farm.
She returned to Hungary in 1945 and lived there until the Hungarian uprising in 1956, when she fled to Austria. Unable to emigrate to the United States, she went to Israel, where she met her husband. They came to the United States, living first in Nebraska and then in Rochester where she opened Malek’s Bakery. It is only since her retirement that she began to speak about her experiences.