Learn to Forgive: Holocaust Survivor Visits CAC

Kevin Abke, Cactus Writer

Back in September, CAC held presentations by “Peter” Moshe Loth at Signal Peak, Superstition Mountain and San Tan campuses.  It was a very successful event that captivated the crowd.  The emotions could be felt by all as people in the audience lined up to hug Peter.

Peter does presentations all over the country and the world about the circumstances of his life to promote positivity in regards to people’s experiences with social adversity.  The book about his experiences titled, “Peace by Piece,” was written by Dr. Sandra Rath as told by Peter Loth.

Peter is a survivor of World War II concentration camps of Nazi Germany.  He was born in Stutthof Concentration Camp on Sept. 2nd, the anniversary of the opening of the camp.  He was very fortunate as the camp only allowed the babies born on that specific day to live.

After Peter was freed from the camp, he was orphaned in Poland.  He experienced hate and maltreatment for being an orphan.  Later he moved to Germany to be with his birth mother and was again hated for being from Poland.   His mother was married to an African-American soldier.  His stepfather was reassigned to Georgia, and in 1959 he and his family moved to the United States.  Racial tensions in Georgia at that time were particularly high.  Peter was exposed to more hate and intolerance.

The message and relevance of the presentation is for us all to learn to forgive.  Peter told the crowd his life story.  He explained that we all have experienced hate on some level in our lives, but what we do with that hate is what matters most.  The amount of hate that he experienced in one lifetime is more than anyone should have to endure.

“If I can learn to forgive, then you can learn to forgive,” says Peter.

With such tragic events and hatred, he understands how lucky he was to not only survive the concentration camps, but have a loving family along the way.

Peter is the stepfather of Dr. Sandra Rath, professor of communications studies at the San Tan Campus. He currently resides outside of Kansas City, Mo.