Adult Evening Programs, Talk/Lecture

The Altered I: Memoir of Holocaust Survivor Joseph Kempler | April Voytko Kempler
Tue Mar 29, 7:30pm |
Founders Room
April Voytko Kempler

Joseph Kempler is eleven years old in 1939, when World War II begins. German soldiers have invaded his hometown of Krakow, Poland.

Forced with his family to leave their home, business, and belongings, Joseph embarks upon an adventure that will change his life forever.

Joseph survives six concentration camps, some of them death camps, from the ages of fourteen to seventeen. Along the way he abandons family and faith. He curses God for allowing the Holocaust to happen and becomes an atheist.

When he arrives at the concentration camp Melk, he encounters, from a distance, an unusual brand of Christians. He is told they are called Bibelforscher, Bible Students.

He is astounded to see these Aryan's imprisoned in the same concentration camp as Jews. He is further shocked when he learns that they can leave the camp anytime, all they have to do is renounce their faith by signing a document. But they won't do it. 

This leaves an indelible impression on young Joseph's mind. Many years later, after emigrating to America, Joseph encounters representatives of this group when they knock on his door.

Always curious about their faith he questions them and ultimately converts to Christianity.

THE ALTERED I chronicles Joseph's life and the circumstances leading to his life altering decision, while shining new light on an untold story of the Holocaust.

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