Holocaust Survivor and ‘Schindler’s List’ Member Dr. Alexander White to Speak at South Suburban College on October 4

South Holland, IL—(ENEWSPF)—September 26, 2011.  The Thornton Township Historical Society and South Suburban College are co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Alexander White, a Holocaust survivor, on Tuesday, October 4, at noon in the College’s Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland. The event is free and open to the public.

Alexander Bialylwos-White (Weiss) was born in June 1923 in the shtetl of Krosno, in Galicia (an area in Poland).  His childhood came to an abrupt end with the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. Most of Dr. White’s family were killed by the Nazis; of the 34 members of his extended family, before the war, only Dr. White and two cousins survived.

After living through the liquidation of the Krosno Ghetto, Dr. White spent a year in the Luftwaffe Labor Camp and six months in the concentration camp at Krakow-Plassow, before surviving the last months of the at Oskar Schindler’s camp in Bruennlitz, Sudetenland. How he came to be on “Schindler’s List,” Dr. White never found out – he didn’t even know there was such a list until the book came out. His theory is that since the list was filled with people who had a personal connection with Schindler, and they were supposed to be running a factory, they needed at least some skilled craftspeople just in case some real work needed to be done. So they brought along young Bialywlos, who was a glazier. And that skill, apparently, saved his life. That latter camp was the subject of Steven Spielberg’s film, “Schindler’s List.”

After the war and a time in a Displaced Persons camp, Dr. White attended medical school in Munich before moving to the United States. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was an associate professor of medicine at the Chicago Medical School, and later practiced in Scottsdale for 40 years before retiring.

He kept his story quiet for many years; today he gives talks about his experiences, primarily to high school and college students, and is the author of a self-published memoir, ‘Be a Mensch: A Legacy of the Holocaust.’