Holocaust Survivor Will Speak at Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling


Cantor David Wisnia, a Holocaust survivor, will present a special program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio County Public Library.

The presentation is titled, “One Voice, Two Lives: From Auschwitz Prisoner to 101st Airborne Trooper.”

Wisnia, 91, will recount his ordeal through word and song as he shares his memories and life lessons. He attributes his survival to his singing voice, the kindness of a few courageous Polish people and fate.

He was 16 when imprisoned for two and a half years at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp. His life was spared by singing to entertain the Nazi SS guards, and he became a so-called privileged prisoner. In January 1945, he endured a death march, suffered the horrors of Dachau and then narrowly escaped to freedom.

Wisnia will be accompanied by accomplished pianist and friend Laurent Levy, who grew up in Morgantown.

Levy is the son of Dr. Edith Levy, a former adjunct assistant professor at West Virginia University who survived the Holocaust as a hidden child. She is also the founder of the West Virginia Holocaust Education Commission.

Wisnia also will be at Temple Shalom at 8 p.m. Friday. He will participate in the Sabbath evening service and share a brief overview of his life story.