The Kindness of Strangers: Survival in Linz, London and Shanghai featuring Bob Gans

Bob Gans and his mother Greta Gans
Apr 4, 2024
5:00 PM–6:30 PM

What does it take to survive persecution and exile? The story of Greta Taussig and Rudy Gans offers answers to this tantalizing question. Born in Linz, Austria, Greta emigrated to London after the country’s incorporation into the Third Reich, eventually enduring the horrors of the Blitz. Rudy was able to make his way to Shanghai after imprisonment in the notorious Dachau concentration camp. Along their arduous journey, each experienced the life-saving kindness of courageous strangers.

At this special talk, their son Bob shares their thought-provoking story, supplemented by a display of artifacts and original documents. Before his retirement. Bob (J.D., UCLA) was the general counsel of a publicly traded company doing business in the U.S. and overseas. A passionate believer in the lessons of the Holocaust, he is co-chair of Welcome Home, an organization dedicated to assisting refugees legally residing in San Diego.

Registration is required:

Virtual Attendance  |  In-Person Attendance


About the Holocaust Living History Workshop

This event is a part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series, an education and outreach program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. It aims to preserve the memories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust by offering public events involving witnesses, descendants and scholars and through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Past HLHW workshops are now part of the Library’s digital collections and can be accessed online.

Sponsor: Judi Gottschalk