Irving Roth was one day away from celebrating his tenth birthday in Kospice, Czechoslovakia when Germany invaded Poland. That aggression, which began the hostilities we know today as World War II, ultimately led to his incarceration in Nazi death camps Auchwitz and Buchenwald and to a remarkable tale of survival.
His story will be told in “An Evening with Irving Roth,” an event open to the public and sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch Center of Metairie, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive. Prior to the event, there will be a “meet and greet” gathering for V.I.P. ticket holders beginning at 6:00 p.m..
Roth, who eventually emigrated to the U.S. after the war, has been a tireless witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. He is a recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Citizen Award from the Anne Frank Center USA.
Roth has been involved with the center’s Adopt-a-Survivor program, which has been instituted nationally and internationally. He has also authored a book, “Bondi’s Brother,” and will be selling and signing copies at the event.
Tickets are $18 per seat or $32 for preferred seating. V.I.P. tickets are $180 a person or $250 per couple and allow access to the “meet and greet” gathering prior to the event as well as a signed copy of Roth’s book.