As the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center continues to feature and offer a wide variety of topics on the Holocaust, today we are adding the following to our list from the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust:

Program:  Remembering Olga Lengyel and “Five Chimneys”

Date:        Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Time:        4:00 PM

Platform:  This event will take place online and is free to the public.

Please note registration is required. Please click here to register.

To watch the program in full please click here.

In 1944, Hungarian physician’s assistant Olga Lengyel was deported to Auschwitz along with her parents, husband, and two sons. She was put to work in the Auschwitz infirmary, where she also secretly toiled for a French underground cell, helping to demolish a crematory oven. At the end of the war, she was the only member of her family to survive.

Lengyel made her way to New York, and in 1946, published Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz, which became one of the earliest testimonies to depict the barbarism of the Nazis. Thirty years later, her vivid expose of the death camps inspired William Styron’s award-winning novel Sophie’s Choice.

20 years after Lengyel’s death in April 2001, join the Museum and The Olga Lengyel Institute for a program exploring her remarkable life and legacy.

The program will be moderated by Dr. Sara R. Horowitz, Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies at York University and an expert on women and the Holocaust, and will feature:

  • David A. Field, Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors;
  • Nancy Fisher, Museum Trustee who conducted a four-hour interview with Lengyel in 1998 for the USC Shoah Foundation; and
  • Robert Jan van Pelt, world-renowned scholar and Chief Curator of  Not long ago. Not far away.