Holocaust survivor, too
Like Sigmund Rolat [A&S ’52, “Holocaust Survivor Builds ‘Bridges of Reconciliation,”’ September 2012], I’m a survivor. I’m a little younger, but also a Cincinnati graduate (PhD in chemistry), with different, yet still very similar, experiences when I survived World War II as a child in the Netherlands.
From the various meetings that I have attended, it is interesting to note that most of those who survived have been very successful in their various endeavors in the United States. This also extends to many of the second generation, who, in most cases, are extremely successful.
In my own family, two doctors (one of whom is a graduate from the Cincinnati medical school) and one attorney seem to exemplify this, which is not unusual among our friends. To some extent, it seems our past drives us to succeed and never let it happen again.
I’m astounded how well Sigmund has been able to come to grips with the situation and survive. My way of coping has been to think and reflect as little as possible on those horrific events while realizing that it is not really a solution. Lately I have become a little more active and have spoken at my grandchildren’s schools (something I never did for my own kids) and have spoken at the Holocaust Memorial at the San Diego Naval Base.
This note is just to let you know that there were a number of survivors at the university during my days, but none of us were ever active at either the university or the Cincinnati Jewish community to make that fact known.
Leo Roos, D (A&S) ’65
Studio City, Calif.