Jewish Studies Events

2023: Elly Gotz: "To Dachau and Back to Life"

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 6:30 pm ET
Virtually on Zoom

2022: Elly Gotz: "To Dachau and Back to Life"

Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 5:30 pm ET
Virtually on Zoom

2021: Elly Gotz: "To Dachau and Back" 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 6:00 pm ET
Virtually on Zoom

Elly Gotz, along with the Azrieli Foundation, has made his book, "Flights of Spirit" available to read, prior to the talk. We encourage you to do so here.

2020: Elly Gotz: "75 Years Since Liberation from Dachau" 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:30 pm
Arts & Humanities Building (AHB), 1R40

2019: Elly Gotz: "Still Thinking About My Holocaust Experience" 

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building (HSB), rm. 40

Taped Talks

Holocaust Survivor Elly Gotz Relates his Experiences in Kovno Ghetto and Dachau
(Western University, 2016)

Elly Gotz lived in Kaunas, Lithuania with his parents, Sonja and Julius Gotz. When he was 13, the Nazis confined them to the Kovno Ghetto, along with 29,000 other Lithuanian Jews. After two years in the ghetto, Elly and his father were separated from his mother and sent to Dachau concentration camp. They remained there until the camp was liberated in April, 1945. In this talk Elly relates his experiences in both the Kovno Ghetto and Dachau to teach an important lesson about tolerance.