Samuel Rind, a Brighton resident who survived the Holocaust as a child, will talk about his experiences at Finger Lakes Community College.

Samuel Rind, a Brighton resident who survived the Holocaust as a child, will talk about his experiences on Thursday, May 4, at Finger Lakes Community College.

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. in the main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. Entry is free and open to all. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to allow for parking as classes are in session.

“Though it is hard for Mr. Rind to speak of his past, he gives these difficult talks to make sure society does not forget the atrocities of the Holocaust,” stated Robert Brown, FLCC professor of history and organizer of the event.

Born in Poland in 1937, Rind was just a toddler when World War II started, and his family spent the war in forced labor camps and ghettos. During that time, his father was killed and he witnessed a Nazi guard beat his little brother, Nathan, to death because he was crying with hunger. “That was the end of my childhood,” he said. “I grew up, I grew up fast.”

Rind and his mother were freed when Soviet troops liberated the Zhmerinka ghetto in the Ukraine. He returned to Poland after the war then later immigrated first to Bolivia, then to America. For many years, he did not want to talk about his experiences then agreed to share his story with a representative of the Shoah Foundation, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg to preserve interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. He has since shared his story at schools and colleges throughout the region.

Rind’s visit to FLCC follows on the heels of the annual Days of Remembrance, established by Congress for the commemoration of the Holocaust. This year, the eight-day observance begins on April 24. The FLCC event is made possible by the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.