Holocaust Survivor Speaker

“My hope is that through sharing my story, I can personally talk about the horrors of the Holocaust to remind this generation of the dangers of hatred, prejudice and discrimination.” — Magda Brown

Holocaust survivor Magda Brown speaks at Aurora University

Magda Brown speaking at Aurora University (Photo courtesy of Aurora University)

Magda Brown with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn at the 2009 Yom Hashoah Memorial Service Wednesday at the Old State Capitol (Photo courtesy of The State Journal-Register)

Magda Brown with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn at the 2009 Yom Hashoah Memorial Service Wednesday at the Old State Capitol (Photo courtesy of The State Journal-Register)

Magda is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Although it is painful to remember her horrendous experiences, she believes her story and others have to be told. The telling and remembrance of survivors’ stories will reassure those who doubt the Holocaust that it was a very real and frightening period in the 20th century.

From one-on-one interviews with students to auditorium speeches, Magda is on a mission to tell her story to as many people as possible. Since 2009, Magda has spoken to more than 30,000 people at schools, universities, churches, synagogues and other events. She has given keynote speeches at Holocaust remembrance events held by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 2010, Magda traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to speak at The Eucharistic Convention. In 2013, Magda received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Aurora University in recognition of her “dignified, profound courage and her tireless efforts to share the Holocaust story.”

Magda Brown speaking at Lake Forest Academy

Magda strives to leave her audience with three important lessons:

  • Protect your freedom.

  • Think before you hate.

  • Stand up to the deniers.

Watch Magda tell her story at Aurora University’s Wackerlin Center for Faith & Action.

Magda Brown: “Witness to the Holocaust” from Wackerlin Ctr for Faith & Action on Vimeo.