The UVA community received a very special guest this past September. Mark Strauss, a Holocaust survivor originally from Poland and currently a Virginia resident, came to speak to students about his life story. Mr. Strauss opened up to students and faculty about his experience in hiding and surviving in the Holocaust as a young boy. The room fell silent as Mr. Strauss told stories of crouching in sewers for hours or scavaging for food in his starved state. The vivid descriptions became even more surreal as Mr. Strauss shared his beautiful oil paintings with the audience. Many students purchased copies of the artwork in order to remember hearing this of struggle and resilience.
-- Rachel Mayman
Class of 2018