BRADENTON -- As a little girl in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Rifka Glatz was doomed to death.
She survived ferocious camp dogs with Nazi officers towering above her to be saved by a fellow Jew named Rezso Kasztner, the legendary Hungarian journalist and lawyer, who confronted Secret Service leader Adolf Eichmann and won the release of thousands of Jewish lives by sending them on the famous Kasztner Train traveling from doom to freedom.
To this day, Longboat Key resident Glatz pays homage to her rescuer. Hear her story of tribulation to triumph at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the AL KATZ Center, 5910 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
Glatz will also present the premier award-winning film on Rezso Kasztner's life and untimely death, "illing Kasztner." The cost is $7 per person, including discussion materials and kosher foods. A question-and-answer time with Glatz will follow.
Frank Towers talk
The Al Katz Center is sponsoring a presentation by famed Holocaust liberator Frank Towers at 9 a.m. July 13.
Towers rescued 2,500 starving Jews from a train from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.
Cost is $15.