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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Media Advisory: Holocaust survivor to address Jackson County Prosecutors, staff

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2019

As a kickoff to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office's annual training, Rachel Miller, a survivor of the Holocaust, will speak to prosecutors and staff on Wednesday evening about her and her family's experience during this tragic period of world history, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Miller's presentation will be held at the Jack Stack BBQ Catering Center, 13645 Holmes Road, and is expected to begin about 7:15 p.m.

Miller, born in 1933, moved to Paris, France, to be near family. In 1940, during the Nazi occupation, her father was detained and killed by the Nazis. Rachel was sent away to live with a Catholic family and never saw her family again. She lost both parents, her sister and two brothers, all killed at Auschwitz. Miller was taken to the United States at the age of 13. Today, at age 85, Miller speaks around the country about her and her family's experience as a way to honor her family and ensure that the truth about the Holocaust endures.

Each year, prosecutors and staff hold an annual training session for continuing legal education. The training continues Thursday and Friday. Baker said Miller's presentation will be a sobering but crucial lesson for prosecutors. It’s important for prosecutors, she said, to understand history and all forms of past injustice, including racial and ethnic prejudice. Such knowledge is absolutely necessary to achieve justice going forward.

The media is welcome to attend. Please contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile : (816) 674-3954

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