Born in Germany of Jewish parents, I was whisked to Belgium when I was 6 years old. I survived the Holocaust in the underground – hiding in Southeast Belgium. After the liberation, I excelled in school and also was active in youth activities. I came to the US in 1952. I was 19 years old when I arrived alone in the US. I borrowed the fare money from cousins who lived in Baltimore, Maryland. Then I served as a soldier during the Korean war. I became a US citizen while serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. on November 24, 1953.
Then I attended the University of Maryland. I earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. I had a career as a political economist for the US Federal government.
My parents emigrated from Belgium 15 years after I did.
In 1956 while vice president of the International Club of the University of Maryland I jump started televised presidential debates with the personal support of Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt . The Associated Press and UPI provided national coverage of my novel proposal , I got the conversation started where before it was judged an anachronism. It led to the first presidential debate on September 26, 1960. Read more details here.
I am credited for my numerous activities as one who is devoted to the country and our community. I was also on a state of Maryland task force appointed by then Governor Ehrlich, Jr, to implement Genocide, Holocaust human rights and tolerance education in the Maryland university system.
I served 29 years as a political economist for the US federal government under six presidential administrations. Retired, I continue to serve, managing a worldwide listserv/ group to promote human rights and tolerance education. “REMEMBER_THE_HOLOCAUST.”