Holocaust survivor speaks about childhood in Nazi Germany

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ A guide to designing your graduation cap Facebook Riley Knight Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Linkedin Holocaust survivor Harry Kahn speaks to students, faculty and community members. Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ ReddIt Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/center_img Previous articleStudents prepping for research symposiumNext articleWater line replacement begins on Bellaire Drive North Riley Knight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap: Why 13 students spent spring break in the concrete jungle Record number of participants in this year’s Dance Marathon Facebook Twitter The Leap: Staying on campus during Easter? We’ve got you covered ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis printFor millennials, the Holocaust is a history lesson. For those who lived through it, it remains a painful memory.Holocaust survivor Harry Kahn gave a different perspective to the term “survivor” to TCU students and faculty in a talk on Tuesday.“The idea of looking at it in retrospect is very, very difficult,” said Kahn, who was an 11-year-old living in Germany when the Nazis burned over 250 synagogues and looted Jewish businesses on the “Night of Broken Glass.”“Nowadays, I seldom speak about it because what we do is, we re-live it again,” Kahn said.Kahn was this year’s speaker for TCU Hillel’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.“Re-living that particular period is not very pleasant,” he said.Hillel, a Jewish organization on campus, also stages a Holocaust Museum to honor the lives of the 6 million Jews murdered by Nazis during World War II.Kahn spoke about his experiences of growing up in the pre-WWII years of Nazi Germany before fleeing to the United States in 1939. Everything changed after the “Night of Broken Glass,” he said.The following morning, he and his sister still went to school.“We went to a Catholic School,” Kahn said. “About 10 in the morning, the priest came to me and said, ‘You better go home, we have a major problem; I have to expel all of the Jewish children in my school.’”The priest was later taken to Dachau, one of the first Nazi concentration camps in Germany.Kahn lived within walking distance of his synagogue, which he passed every day on his way to school. On his walk home the same day he was expelled, Kahn found the synagogue on fire.Following the burning of the synagogue, horror engulfed his small town.“That night, all the Jewish males in town, above the age of eight were rounded up,” Kahn said. “They were gathered near the church, where they were shaved and had the Star of David sewn onto their clothes.”“All these people were transported – directly from there – to Dachau,” he said.Kahn was the only boy excluded because he was given the task of cleaning up the remains of the synagogue the next day.Kahn and his immediate family were able to escape Germany on a ship to the United States. Settling in Chicago, he was forced to watch the Holocaust unfold from the other side of the world.“My father’s family – my grandfather, my father’s three brothers and their families and his two sisters and their families… none of them survived,” Kahn said. “They were picked up on November 29, 1931, and were all transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. They were all killed.”Kahn said the question he is constantly asked is, “How come more people didn’t leave Germany?”“There was no place to go,” said Kahn.Holocaust survivor Harry Kahn.Holocaust survivor Harry Kahn with TCU Hillel President Rachel Rudberg. + posts TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Twitterlast_img read more

CNPC continues orderly overseas oil and gas operations despite COVID-19 outbreak

first_img Andes Petroleum Ecuador has put two new oil wells into production. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Andes Petroleum Ecuador of China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum (CNPC), has put two new oil wells into production in the Province of Orellana, Ecuador, a breakthrough for CNPC in the field of lithologic oil reservoir exploration.As the COVID-19 spreads globally, CNPC is ensuring uninterrupted production and smooth management in its various projects overseas, while introducing China’s effective measures in preventing and controlling the epidemic to other countries, partners and staff. Dai Houliang, Chairman of CNPC, wrote letters specifically to foreign partners and received understanding and support.On January 26, CNODC initiated a Level I public health emergency response and put together a leading group for COVID-19 prevention and control. The most essential task is to implement various preventive and control measures and to guarantee that production and operations are carried out in a highly-organized way.CNODC then introduced telecommuting solutions highlighting the use of a uniform communication and video conferencing platform to support flexible working. The overseas companies and projects also prepared disease prevention and control implementation programs and contingency plans, which include procurement of necessary supplies and paying close attention to staff wellbeing.In addition, CNPC actively reported the situation of China’s fight against the epidemic and CNPC’s people-oriented measures to foreign staff of its joint ventures, local communities and governments, and provided regular briefings on the health conditions of its Chinese staff.CNPC’s refining company in Niger published articles about COVID-19 on Niger’s official website ACTUNIFER and national newspaper Le SAHEL. RAYNATOU MAHAMADOU SALIFOU from the Niger-Benin crude oil pipeline project wrote for the local newspaper on the prevention and control of COVID-19. In Brazil, CNPC sent more than 30 letters to its partners and community residents.“CNPC stands with all of our staff and partners in the fight against the novel coronavirus. We are committed to providing all necessary assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy while trying the best to contribute to the economic and social development of host countries, by ensuring continued oil and gas production from our overseas projects,” said Wang Zhongcai, Vice President of PetroChina & Chairman of CNODC. Source: Company Press Release As the COVID-19 spreads globally, CNPC is ensuring uninterrupted production and smooth management in its various projects overseaslast_img read more