Sunday August 28, 2016 - 6PM
at The Wort Hotel, 50 Glenwood Street Jackson, WY 83001

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Tickets: $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

Shortly after the Nazis took control of Poland, barbed wire and watchtowers were built in Jacob Eisenbach’s hometown of Lodz, containing 300,000 Jews within a prison-like ghetto. Anyone who tried to escape, would be shot on the spot.

Eisenbach’s mother died before the war broke out. His sister fled to a Soviet-occupied village but was killed during a Nazi invasion. His youngest brother was put to death at the Auschwitz concentration camp. His father was forced to carry heavy boulders at a labor camp until he died from exhaustion.

That left Eisenbach and his brother, Sam. The brothers were ultimately loaded into a cattle car with other young Jews and taken to a munition factory in Skarzysko, Poland. Their job: to take over the jobs of German factory workers called up to fight in the war.

Finally, with little fanfare, the workers learned that Poland was liberated. His brother Sam changed his name, joined the Polish Army and quickly rose through the ranks to become a colonel. Eventually, he was fatally shot by fellow soldiers who found out he was Jewish.

After the war, Dr. Eisenbach married a fellow Holocaust survivor, Irene, became a dentist and built a successful business in Los Angeles. He has three sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.