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June 1, 2010

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Historical Society Meeting

A Holocaust survivor who emigrated to the United State and became a professor at the University of Cincinnati will be the speaker at the Monday, June 14, meeting of the Franklin Area Historical Society.
Instead of having an annual dinner as it has in the past, the group is bringing Henry Fenichel to town, in cooperation with the local American Legion post. The event is open to the public and will be at the Legion hall on East Fourth Street. A social time will begin at 6 p.m., with Fenichel speaking at 6:30. After his talk there will wine and cheese and other hors d'oeuvres.
The public – especially area World War II veterans and their families – are invited. Admission is $10 per person at the door and includes the refreshments.
Fenichel was born in the Netherlands in 1938.  Shortly after the Nazi rise to power, sensing the danger, his mother sent a request for their relocation to Palestine.  After his father was deported by the Nazis and no response from the request to immigrate, Feichel and his mother went into hiding in a convalescence home. He was 6 years old when they were discovered hiding and were transported to the Westerbork Detention Camp. Shortly after arriving, they learned of a prisoner exchange that was going to allow a select number of Jews escape to Palestine. Through  a miraculous series of events, Fenichel's mother was able to get them on the list. In 1944, as part of a rare prisoner exchange, he, his mother and 220 individuals traveled from Bergen Belsen eventually arriving to freedom in Palestine.

Fenichel grew up in Palestine before coming to America as a teenager. He attended Brooklyn College before pursuing a doctorate in physics at Rutgers University. Fenichel and his wife, Diana, moved to Cincinnati when he was offered a position at the University of Cincinnati as a professor of physics. He taught there for over 38 years.
Fenichel has two daughters and many grandchildren. He has been involved in numerous community organizations, he served as president of Northern Hills Synagogue and currently serves on the Speaker’s Bureau and board of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.
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