Holocaust Survivor Speaks at University of Missouri
COLUMBIA - Guenter Goldsmith spoke on the MU campus Tuesday about his experiences in Holocaust-era Germany. A group of 200 students, faculty members, and Columbia residents showed up to listen to Goldsmith. He was born in Hannover, Germany in 1925, and started experiencing antisemitism in 1933. Goldsmith escaped to America in 1941 on the final Kindertransport out of Berlin.
After coming to the United States, Goldsmith attended high school and ended up joining the 17th Airborne Division of the US Army as a paratrooper. Goldsmith was able to jump into Germany and fought for the Allied Army. While in Germany he was able to find his father's grave.
After the war, Goldsmith opened a successful pharmacy business in St. Louis, which is now run by his son, Steve.
The event was set up by Mizzou's Hillel Center with help from the Russian and German Department, and included Goldsmith's grandson.