Simpson University Welcomes Holocaust Survivor Ernest Wertheim


For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – On Wednesday, April 18, Simpson University will welcome Ernest Wertheim, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, to speak about his life growing up in Germany as a Jew.

The lecture will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Heritage Student Life Center (gym) on the Simpson campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Steve Zlotowski, president of Temple Beth Israel in Redding, will serve as the moderator to ask questions of Wertheim, and there will be a question-and-answer time during the lecture.

Holocaust survivor Ernest WertheimWertheim will reflect on his childhood in Germany during the Nazi's rise to power and how he eventually lost both of his parents in the Holocaust. He will share stories about how he escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 after saving the lives of dozens of youth by guiding them down ski slopes into Czechoslovakia.

Dr. Glenn Schaefer, professor at Simpson University, said, “We’re excited to host Mr. Wertheim and hear him speak about his early years in Germany. He keeps audiences spellbound with what he has to say. He has an amazing story and a delightful sense of humor.”

This will be Wertheim’s second visit to Redding this year. In February, he addressed a standing-room-only crowd at Temple Beth Israel and spoke to Shasta High School students the following day.

Wertheim lives in the Bay Area, where he has developed a reputation as a renowned landscape architect and garden designer.


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


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