MMOT Guest Speakers

Kurt Gutfreund – Holocaust Survivor

Kurt Gutfreund is a Holocaust survivor born on January 6, 1938, in Vienna, Austria. In June of 1942, his father Heinrich was deported to Maly Trostinec and murdered on arrival. That same month, his grandfather Sigmund died at Terezin (Theresienstadt) and his grandfather’s second wife at Treblinka. After living in hiding, Kurt and his mother Hildegard were deported to Terezin (Theresienstadt) on January 6, 1943– his fifth birthday– and survived there until they were liberated on May 8, 1945. Kurt returned to school in Vienna and emigrated from Austria to the United States in 1958. An advocate for Holocaust education, he often speaks to students and other groups about his experiences as a child survivor.