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Holocaust survivor Robert Behr will speak Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University as part of the University's observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Campus Jewish Life and Bucknell Hillel.
Behr was born in Berlin in 1922 and, with his family, became subject to Hitler's Nuremburg Laws following the Nazi assumption of power in 1933, despite the fact that the Berhs were staunch German patriots.
During Kristallnacht on Nov. 9, 1938, Behr's father was arrested and sent to Buchenwald. Later in November, Behr and his family were evicted from their apartment, living with an elderly Jewish woman until 1942 when his mother and stepfather were arrested. Behr was arrested two days later and the family was deported to Theresienstadt until the camp was liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945.
In 1947, Behr emigrated to the United States and enlisted in the Army. He was posted to Berlin where he interrogated former Nazi personnel. He later worked as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Air Force civil service, retiring in 1988 after 39 years of government service.
Behr earned a bachelor's and master's degree in modern European history and became an adjunct professor at Sinclair College. He has been a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2001.