Local Holocaust survivor to share memories at Florida Atlantic University event

Guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman, 83, of Boynton Beach, at the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Florida Southeast Chapter luncheon at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Norman Frajman, 83, of Boynton Beach, at the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Florida Southeast Chapter luncheon at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, April 21, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — A Holocaust survivor who now lives in Boynton Beach will share his tale of growing up in a Warsaw ghetto and surviving four concentration and labor camps at a free Florida Atlantic University event on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Norman Frajman, 86, was just 10 years old when the city of his birth, Warsaw, Poland, was occupied by the Nazis in 1939. He survived a Warsaw ghetto, four concentration camps and the loss of his parents and younger sister in the years that followed.

Frajman willingly revisits these memories at temples, schools and colleges during his regular speaking engagements, one of which is planned at Florida Atlantic University’s Performing Arts Building, Room 101, at the Boca Raton campus on Jan. 15.

The event, called “Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor,” begins at 4 p.m.

At past local events, Frajman has shared in detail his recollections of the deplorable conditions of the Warsaw ghetto, mass graves and extermination camps, including those camps in which his mother, sister and dozens of extended family members were killed.

Three years after his liberation by the Russians in 1945, Frajman moved to New York. He later moved to Boynton Beach in 1999.

Norman Frajman spent time in several concentration camps and was forced on a death march before being liberated by the Russians. He still has the striped uniform he wore as a young boy. This photo was taken in April 2010. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Norman Frajman spent time in several concentration camps and was forced on a death march before being liberated by the Russians. He still has the striped uniform he wore as a young boy. This photo was taken in April 2010. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Frajman wrote a 32-page account of his life, which reflects on his hardships and concludes with a statement of gratitude:

“First, I am thankful that I came out alive.

“Second, I’m thankful that I was young and was able to adjust very fast in the camps. I was never a child. I was a baby, more or less, then a grown man. I missed all those formative years.

“The third thing I’m thankful for is that I came out of all that more or less sane.”

What: “Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor”

When: Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.

Where: Florida Atlantic University — 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431

Performing Arts Building, Room 101

How much: Free and open to the public. No reservation required.

More info: 561-297-2979