Holocaust survivor to share story at Heartstorm Farmstead, River Garden

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BRATTLEBORO — A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor will share his story at two upcoming presentations in town: At 7 p.m. Tuesday at Heartstorm Farmstead, 1130 Upper Dummerston Road; and at noon Wednesday at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Gotz was born in Lithuania in 1928. He recounts how he and his family were forced in the Kaunas ghetto. His tale of survival continues, when at the age of 16 the ghetto was liquidated. Gotz tells how he and his father were then deported to the Dachau concentration camp and the miracle of their liberation in 1945.

Gotz married in 1958, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in engineering, and moved to Toronto. He published his memoir "Flights of Spirit" in 2017 and has spoken to tens of thousands of students about his holocaust experience.

In addition to a Q & A with Gotz, as part of his presentation attendees will see the trailer of the soon to be completed film, the "Baltic Truth" which consists of the never before heard first hand testimonies of those people who bring that period to life, prior to the 'Final Solution' at the early days of World War II.

The programs are produced by Michael Hoffman and Kimberly Sizelove of Heartstorm Farmstead, and Rabbi Avrohom Raskin from Chabad of Southern Vermont. Everyone is welcome. Advance tickets will be sold for $18, and at the door for $36. All proceeds go toward Gotz's foundation work in Canada, the Chabad Southern Vermont and nonprofit foundations.

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