The library invites you to listen to Jack as he shares his story of struggle and survival during the Holocaust. Adler uses his story to talk about the causes of anti-Semitism, the historic and future impact that hate had and can have and to demonstrate that common, decent people can be part of a system of hate and discrimination. Yet despite his struggles, he is a firm believer in the golden rule and respect, not love, is the key to peace.
"We live in the greatest nation in the world, represented by every race, ethnicity and religious group, and it's a diversity that we should be very proud of. It's a diversity that built and continues to build this great nation of ours. However we also have in our society hate groups who are ready and willing to tear this great nation apart," Adler said.
Jack Adler was born in Pabianice, Poland in 1929. In 1939, when Jack was 10 years old, the Nazis invaded Poland and established the ghettos in which Jack and his family would be forced to live for years before being liquidated and then being sent to concentration camps. In 1945, Jack was liberated by American soldiers while on the Dachau Death March. Both of his parents, grandparents and all three of his siblings perished at the hands of the Nazis. An orphan of the Holocaust, Jack left Poland in 1946 to travel to America. He settled in Illinois and lived in Skokie.
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