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Holocaust survivor to speak at KCC

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach to tell his story of survival and reaching a point of forgiveness

By Michelle Lindsey
On April 19, 2017

Dr. Jacob Eisenbach will  speak at Kirkwood Community College on April 25 in Ballantyne Auditorium. 

While Eisenbach is scheduled to be on stage 11:15 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., his words will reach beyond one activity hour. Kirkwood also plans to livestream the event to all building locations.

International student from Côte d’Ivoire Hilary Houenou said she plans to attend the presentation and she hopes people will reflect on why it happened. 

Houenou, also a business major at Kirkwood, said she thinks it will “help students develop an open mind on how to preserve our humanity’s legacy, understand what is happening right now in the world and develop thoughts on how to prevent it from happening in the future.”

Eisenbach is currently traveling to tell his emotional story of survival. He is a former and long-time resident of Iowa. Eisenbach also practiced dentistry in Cedar Rapids. 

While 95-year-old Eisenbach doesn’t have a Facebook page, there are social media resources to find information about his scheduled events and keep up with what he is doing.

Eisenbach has also had his life story preserved in a book written by Karen McCartney. The book is titled, “Where You Go, I Go: The Astonishing Life of Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Holocaust Survivor and 92-year-old Full-Time Dentist.”

The description of the book on states, “This is the story of two brothers clinging together for survival after their family perished in the wrath of the Third Reich. Younger brother Sam clings to Jacob and voluntarily boards the Nazi death train with his brother when they came for Jacob. They struggled horrifically and when the dust cleared at war’s end, only one of them survived. His fascinating and terrifying story is a page-turner. He has shared his longevity secrets and his sunny philosophy, as well as his forgiveness of his Nazi tormentors.”

Eisenbach will also be speaking at the Hall-Perrine Meeting Room on the Cornell College campus at 7 p.m. on April 25. He will be touring the area and will be at surrounding colleges in the upcoming days.

The website, contains details about additional speaking engagements in the local area. 

For more information about the event at Kirkwood, students may contact Social Sciences at (319) 398-4911.

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