Simpson University Presents World War II Veteran Ernest Wertheim

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University is pleased to announce the return of speaker Ernest Wertheim, a 92-year-old German-Jewish storyteller and U.S. veteran who drew large crowds at two events in Redding earlier this year.

Wertheim, who escaped Nazi Germany and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has developed a reputation as a renowned landscape architect and garden designer.

Tickets are on sale now for two events (proceeds go toward Simpson University student scholarships):

“Creating the Wow Factor in Landscaping” – 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Collord-Humphries Room, Emeriti Dining Center, Simpson University.

Wertheim will speak and answer questions on the topic of landscape architecture. Tickets are $35 each and include hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Doors open at 6:30.

Seating is limited; please respond by Oct. 12. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (530) 226-4750.

“A German Jew in General MacArthur’s Army” – 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20, David Marr Theater, Eureka Way.

Wertheim will share stories about how he escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 and became an American citizen and Army intelligence officer. Serving in the Pacific Theater, he met Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Steve Zlotowski, president of Temple Beth Israel in Redding, will serve as event moderator. There will also be a time for audience questions.

Tickets are $10 each; $5 for seniors, veterans and students; or $20 for a family pass. Doors open at 6:30. Purchase advance tickets online or by calling (530) 226-4750.

In addition to these two public events, Wertheim will also speak to area high school students on Friday morning and Simpson University students on Saturday morning.

For more information, contact Cathy at or (530) 226-4750.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737