Jewish Author To Tell His Story About His Childhood And The Holocaust


Fred Gross, author of “One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey through France,” will speak at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m. in Vectren Auditorium, Room 147.

The event is sponsored by The Committee to Promote Respect in Schools (Cypress) and Ivy Tech’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. It is free and open to the public.

In this presentation at Ivy Tech, he will tell his family’s story that began in 1940 when German bombs fell on Antwerp, Belgium, and lasted until the war ended. The Gross family hid from Nazi troops as they ran for thousands of miles across Europe. His book is a memoir of collected stories sparked by his interviews with his mother and two older brothers.

Gross, born in Belgium in 1936, was a reporter for many years for the New Haven, Conn., Journal-Courier. For the past 30 years, he has worked in public relations in education – and shared his story with audiences across the country. He now resides in Louisville, Ky.


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