Published on November 18, 2019 by Sean Flynt  
Robert May, 1934
Robert May, 1934

Samford University’s Department of World Languages and Cultures will host Holocaust survivor Robert May and his daughter, Ann Mollengarden, for a special presentation related to its ongoing Tournées Film Festival Nov. 20 at 5:45 p.m. in Dwight Beeson Hall 131 (Brock Forum).

May is a physician and U.S. Air Force veteran. Mollengarden is Vice President of Education for the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. Their presentation at Samford follows the university’s recent screenings of the Holocaust documentary film “Shoah: Four Sisters” as part of the film festival.

May tells the harrowing story of the rise of anti-semitic rhetoric and violence in the Germany of his childhood–including the Kristallnacht in Frankfurt–and his narrow escape from the violence that claimed his aunt and uncle.

The event is free and open to the public, and convocation credit is available for Samford students.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.