A Son’s Graduation Is Liberating for Holocaust Survivor (New York Times)

Dr. Harley A. Rotbart, a professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado, movingly describes in an essay for the New York Times his father’s reaction to his graduation from medical school in 1979.

Stirred by the memory at his daughter-in-law’s graduation this May, Dr. Rotbart recalls how his father — an uneducated fruit peddler in Colorado (his education had been disrupted by the Nazis) — fell to his knees sobbing after his son received his medical diploma.

“On that day, and again in a similar scene at my brother’s journalism school ceremony the next year, Dad was liberated from Auschwitz. He was no longer ‘142178,’ a Nazi victim. My father could now stand face to face with doctors, journalists and other accomplished Americans,” Rotbart writes. “At his sons’ graduations, he graduated to freedom.”


  1. Inspirational, my parents also immigrants valued education and I have been lucky enough to benefit

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