Holocaust survivor to share story of survival, love and faith on April 27

Mount Mercy University will welcome Dr. Jacob Eisenbach as presenter of the 2017 Holocaust Speaker Series. He will share his story of surviving the Holocaust, on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy.

Jacob was born in Poland in 1923. After the German army invaded his country in 1939, Jacob’s neighborhood in Lodz, a predominantly-Jewish ghetto, became a fenced-in prison camp. The war tore the Eisenbach family apart, taking his father, brother and sister (his mother passed away prior to the invasion). Only Jacob and his brother Sam survived.

Both boys were sent to a work camp in Skarzysko, Poland, where they were forced to work in a munition factory. They were later moved to a second munition factory where Jacob met Irene, who later became his wife.

Jacob and Irene moved to Germany where he studied dentistry before immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Cedar Rapids. Jacob set up a dental practice and the couple had three sons. The couple then moved to California and he set up a dental practice in Anaheim Hills. Irene passed away in 2013, but Jacob continued to practice dentistry until last year when he retired at the age of 93.

Jacob’s story is one of survival, love and faith. He will share his insights with the community at this free event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information contact Joni Howland, associate professor of social work, at jhowland@mtmercy.edu or 319-363-1323 ext. 1235.

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