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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


An Evening with Holocaust Survivor and Author Dr. Charles Ota Heller

Event details
Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location Zoom
Date Thu, Feb 9, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Duration   1h

On Thursday, February 9, at 7:30pm (EST), The Defiant Requiem Foundation will host a Zoom presentation with Holocaust survivor and author, Dr. Charles Ota Heller.

The son of a mixed marriage, Heller was born in Prague in 1936 and raised Catholic, unaware of his Jewish roots. When the Nazis invaded, Heller's father escaped to join the British army and through the course of the war fifteen members of his family disappeared. Before his mother was taken away to a slave labor camp, she hid him on a farm to protect him. As the war was coming to a close, young Charles came out of hiding, picked up a pistol he found in a ditch, and shot a Nazi. He was just nine years old.

In 1949, Heller and his parents immigrated to the United States, where he has had distinguished careers in engineering, academia and entrepreneurship. Additionally, he is a renowned lecturer, columnist and author of five memoirs, including Prague: My Long Journey Home and his most recent book, Cowboy from Prague: An Immigrant's Pursuit of the American Dream. A dual citizen of the United States and his native Czech Republic, and fluent in both English and Czech, Heller will discuss his early life and memories, and his return to Prague.

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This event is free, but, as always, our programs depend on your generous support. A suggested $10 donation is appreciated.

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