Letters to the Editor

Former resident continues Holocaust education in Austria

[L-R): Holocaust survivor Walter Fantl, former President of Austria Heinz Fischer, Holocaust survivor and former Tucsonan Alfred Schreier at the imperial palace in Vienna, Austria, in 2017.

As a former member of the Southern Arizona Holocaust Survivors Group, I was touched by the article about Fort Huachuca (“Army dedicates plaque to survivors at Fort Huachuca Holocaust ceremony,” AJP 4/20/18). I had the privilege of attending the ceremonies on two different occasions while I lived in Sahuarita, and was always deeply moved by the dedication, warm hospitality and sincerity of the organizers.

It may be of interest to you to know that since I moved to Vienna, I am continuing my efforts in this capacity by speaking to schools and attending teacher seminars. I and a few of my survivor friends were invited by the president of Austria to a reception at the imperial palace, which is usually reserved for heads of state and other high ranking dignitaries. I also had the privilege of addressing the Austrian parliament (parts of which were shown on national television) and I was invited by the chancellor of Austria for an informal discussion in his office.

I appreciate receiving the Arizona Jewish Post by email. I read it with great interest.

— Alfred Schreier, Vienna