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Ludwig Muhlfelder, author of Because I Survived: An Autobiography, will speak on the experiences described in his memoirs 7 p.m. today in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights auditorium.

Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the International Affairs department and Hillel Society. Muhlfelder will sign copies of the book at a reception following his talk.

Copies of Because I Survived will be available for purchase at the College Store several days before and after the presentation. Proceeds will benefit the Muhlfelder Holocaust Scholarship Fund.

The author is the father of Leslie Muhlfelder ’81, general counsel and vice president of human resources. As a Jewish youth in Europe, Ludwig Muhlfelder experienced first-hand the repression and terror imposed by the Nazi regime. Emigrating as a teenager after the start of World War II, he was young enough to have been spared Nazi arrest but old enough to clearly remember the Holocaust.

After serving during the war as a non-citizen in the U.S. Army, Muhlfelder earned a degree in engineering and spent three decades working in development of satellite control and stabilization. He received 16 U.S. patents.

Because I Survived: An Autobiography reflects on major aspects of Muhlfelder’s journey — the concept of God, the role of perpetrators and bystanders in the Holocaust, the continuity of the Jewish people, and the impact of the scientific revolution — seeking to inspire others to remember the past with a commitment to the future.

Muhlfelder has lived with his wife, Beatrice, in Livingston, N.J., since 1956. He has traveled widely, and is a frequent lecturer on his early experiences.

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