featuring Dr. Mark Wygoda’s
Unexpected Hero: A Polish Jew who led Italian Partisans to Victory
and honoring T. Moffatt Burriss (OBM)
Dr. Mark Wygoda is the son of Hermann Wygoda (1906 – 1982), a German-born Polish Jew who resisted the enemy during the Holocaust first in Poland, later in Germany, and finally in Italy where he commanded a division of Italian partisan fighters. After the war, Hermann received military decorations from three nations, including the American Bronze Star Medal. To this day, the people of the Italian province of Savona continue to regard him as one of their greatest heroes of the resistance.
Mark currently is a professor in the Department of Biology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles LA where he has served on the faculty since 1985. Mark has spoken about his father’s life during the Holocaust at numerous Yom HaShoah services and other events across the country. He also served as the editor of his father’s published memoir, In the Shadow of the Swastika.
This commemoration is free and open to the public.