Dr. Bernd Wollschläeger

by | Jan 22, 2018 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Jan. 28, 10:30 am–12 pm
Ohef Sholom Temple

Dr. Bernd Wollschläeger, the son of a decorated Nazi tank commander, and author of A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible (2007) will tell the story of his struggle of being torn between faith, family, and religion.

Wollschlaeger discovered that his father was a decorated Nazi WWII German tank commander who received Germany’s highest military honor, the Iron Cross, which was pinned on his uniform by Adolf Hitler himself. His father kept the past hidden from his children. Wollschlaeger rebelled, converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel, and served with distinction in the Israel Defense Forces.

The community is invited to join Sunday learning with religious school students from Ohef Sholom Temple, Congregation Beth El, and Temple Israel at Ohef Sholom Temple’s Sinai Chapel to hear Wollschläeger’s talk.

Wollschlaeger was a speaker at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission’s 2017 Educators’ Conference. Those who missed him, can hear his message at the event, which is, “Don’t live in the shadow of history.”

This program is made possible by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.