Holocaust Survivor to Speak at USD Character Education Conference

Holocaust survivor, author and public speaker Eva Olsson will speak at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Friday, June 22 at 1 p.m.

The topic of her speech is “Tolerance and Compassion: A Caring Approach to Teaching Students Good Character.”

During World War II, Olsson’s family was imprisoned in a ghetto and then shipped by boxcar to Auschwitz in May of 1944. Of her entire extended family of 89 people, only she and her youngest sister, Fradel, survived the death camps. Eva Olsson’s book

“Unlocking the Doors: a Woman's Struggle against Intolerance” is a bestseller in Canada where she emigrated in 1951.

The event is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Ninth Annual Character Development Conference hosted by the Character Development Center at USD.

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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.