956 Winter 2019 Author Discussion of Where the Birds Never Sing
Tuesday, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 29
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Jack Sacco
Coordinator: Leo Brennan
In his award-winning book, Where the Birds Never Sing, author Jack Sacco bears witness to the reality of the Holocaust, including his father’s role as one of the American soldiers who liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. On the morning of April 29, 1945, Joe Sacco—a farm boy from Alabama and the only son of Italian immigrants—entered the Dachau concentration camp. There, he and members of his battalion witnessed a tragedy unlike any they could have ever imagined—the slaughter of thousands of innocent Jewish prisoners by Hitler’s Third Reich. The Holocaust ended the minute Joe Sacco and his buddies entered the camp. In his lecture, the instructor not only tells of his father’s journey through some of the most historic battles of the 20th century but, perhaps more importantly, presents a firsthand account of the atrocities of the Holocaust and the lifelong impact the liberation had on the liberators.
Jack Sacco, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is in demand as a public speaker, who lectures widely throughout the United States and abroad. Additionally, he gave a special presentation before the royal families of Europe, including the Habsburg, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein families.