The Night I Got Killed
6:15PM, West Bloomfield Public Library
Samuel Brenner was born on June 2, 1922 in Montréal, Canada. He was 9 months old when his family moved to Detroit, Michigan where he was raised.
As the youngest of six children, ‘Sy’ (taken from his middle name, Seymour) was well-protected by his brothers, Saul and Myer. He was also doted on by his sisters, Fanny, Rae and Clara.
Sy’s father, Morris worked for a steel company during the depression and his mother, Rebecca was a devoted wife and mother. As you can imagine, Sy’s life was somewhat typical as the child of Austrian immigrants.
However, in 1942 his life entered a path that would change him forever. This is when he was drafted into WWll. Brenner went into the 410th Infantry regiment of the 103rd Division. He won a medal for Expert with the M1 rifle. Later he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion medical detachment. It was also during Basic Training that he received his United States Citizenship.
On the night of November 29, 1944, while serving in Southern France, Brenner was wounded and taken prisoner by the Nazis. He was involved in a two week death march from Nothalden, France, in the Vosges Mountains to Ludwigsberg, Germany at the height of the coldest winter in European History.
Sy Brenner will join us via Skype and speak about his experiences as told in his book, The Night I Got Killed. Mr. Brenner integrates humor thoughtfully to keep his audience seated comfortably with lessons of war, stress and the industry of his 43 year profession in sales.
Refreshments will be served.
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