fisch-croppedOn Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Library, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Center for Religion, Culture, and Conflict will host the 2016 Karpati Lecturer, Dr. Robert O. Fisch, in the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.

Dr. Fisch is a pediatrician, artist, author, and survivor of the Holocaust. His remarkable life and work, in both the arts and the sciences, have helped millions of people around the world understand the power of love, hope, and freedom.

Dr. Fisch, born in 1925 in Budapest, is internationally renowned for his clinical research on the genetic disease PKU (phenylketonuria). After completing medical school and participating in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. Dr. Fisch became a medical intern and eventually a professor in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, where he practiced and taught until his retirement.

yellowstarAn accomplished artist, Dr. Fisch studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Walker Art Center, the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in one-man and group shows around the United States, Israel, and Austria. Dr. Fisch is also a well-known author, and his most notable book, Light from the Yellow Star: A Lesson of Love from the Holocaust (1994), is illustrated with his paintings and taught in classrooms around the world. His other published works include: The Metamorphosis to Freedom (2000), Dear Dr. Fisch: Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor (2004), Fisch Stories: Reflections on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (2009), and The Sky Is Not the Limit (2013).

The George and Alicia Karpati Lectureship was established in 2005, by Michael and Noémi Neidorff, in honor of her parents, to bring to campus outstanding authors and scholars in the fields of Jewish studies, Eastern European history, and Holocaust studies. Prior speakers have included Elie Wiesel and Daniel Mendelsohn. Proceeds benefit the Library’s book endowment fund.

Tickets are $2 with Drew ID ($20 for the general public) and may be reserved through the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey box office at or 973-408-3917. For additional information, please contact Deborah Strong in the Library at or (973) 408-3471.