World #1 POLAND – Holocaust survivor travels to Poland for 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Daily News Article   —   Posted on January 21, 2020

(The Malone Telegram) PLATTSBURGH, NY –– On Jan. 25, Holocaust survivor and Plattsburgh resident Vladimir Munk will fly to Krakow, Poland, as part of the survivor’s delegation to participate in the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Munk is one of 120 survivors in the delegation who will attend the event on Jan. 27 at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which will be televised around the world. Travel arrangements for the survivors delegation are sponsored by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation.

Munk was born in Pardubice, Czech Republic. At the age of 17, he was deported, first to the Terezin concentration camp and then to Auschwitz in October of 1944. Munk lost his parents and many other family members to the Nazi death camps. He met his wife, Kitty, in Terezin. They were married after the war.

Munk will be accompanied on the trip by his friend and biographer, Julie Canepa. Documentarians Paul Frederick and Bruce Carlin will also travel to Poland to film Munk’s return to Auschwitz for a future public television program. In addition, Carlin and Frederick will travel to the Czech Republic to film on location at Terezin concentration camp, locations in Prague and Munk’s hometown of Pardubice.

Mr. Munk with his friend and biographer, Julie Canepa.

Munk taught microbiology at SUNY Plattsburgh for over 20 years. He shared his story with colleagues, students and friends. When speaking at area high schools, Munk told students:

“While your lives today and in the future are not comparable to the situation in the camps, you may feel sometimes stressed, depressed, hopeless, ready to give up. Evoke then my stories and fight – for your career, for your future, for your life. You may not always win, but the victory will be always sweet!”

Read Mr. Munk’s story at:

Photo: WJC President Ronald S. Lauder during a visit to Auschwitz on 6 December 2019. (photo Shahar Azran)

Streaming of the anniversary events with simultaneous translation into Polish and English will also be available in HD quality at, on YouTube and social media sites of the Auschwitz Memorial.

Visit the website for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.


Before the outbreak of World War II, there were an estimated 16.5 million Jews in the world.

Remembering the Holocaust:

Visit the U.S. Holocaust Museum page on the Liberation of Auschwitz.

Read “A Race to Preserve the Voices of Holocaust’s Last Survivors” (from Dec. 2013)