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A Journey of Discovery

March 27, 2019
By Deb Daley

Dr. Fred Jervzalski Kader, an orphaned child of the Holocaust, spoke to Mercy students during a special assembly on March 26.  His talk was part of the Week of Understanding, an annual educational initiative created by the Institute for Holocaust Education and Omaha schools.  He recalled a journey of revelation, where through chance meetings, conversations with people at conferences, discussions with family members, and insights from other survivors, he discovered his past and how he survived the Holocaust. 

His story is chronicled through an article in the Omaha Jewish Press.  One of the strongest lessons he learned is that without people helping him throughout his life, he would not be alive today.

“That is why I decided to become a doctor.  It was my destiny to help others because so many helped me,” he said.

Dr. Kader worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center before entering private practice.  He retired last year.