Thomas Buergenthal spent the first 11 years of his life under the cloud of Nazi Germany, growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Kielce, Poland, and later in concentration camps at Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen.
At age 17, Buergenthal immigrated to the United States, on a path to becoming one of the world’s leading international human rights experts.
This lecture honors Mildred Fish-Harnack, a Milwaukee native who was a UW student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal order of Adolf Hitler.