Greater Gonzaga Guild Welcomes Clarice Wilsey Sept. 30 Speaking on the Holocaust

A portrait of Clarice Wilsey

September 19, 2022
Gonzaga University News Service

Join us on Friday, September 30, to hear Clarice Wilsey share the inspiring story of her late father, who was a liberator of and physician for the people of Dachau Concentration Camp.

Captain David Wilsey, M.D., was one of the 27 doctors who entered the Dachau concentration camp during the liberation. They risked their lives treating 30,000 survivors experiencing malnutrition, deadly diseases, and torture.

His family knew little about his wartime experience, and it was not until 2009 when they were cleaning their home following his death that they discovered letters to David’s wife, Emily, detailing his experiences in the camp. He urged his wife to “to tell thousands so that millions will know what Dachau is and never forget the name of Dachau.” The 280+ letters survived several moves and even a housefire. Clarice embraces her responsibility to give voice to the message her father was unable to share after his experience.

Ms. Wilsey is a member of the Holocaust Center for Humanity Speaker’s Bureau and is affiliated with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her book, "Letters from Dachau: A Father’s Witness of War, a Daughter’s Dream of Peace," was published in 2020. She will be travelling from Eugene, Oregon, for this program.

Ms. Wilsey will speak from 10–11 am in Room 314 of Hemmingson Center. Following her talk, there will be a guided tour of the “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit in the Foley Library.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available in the BARC (where the Zag Shop is located) and can be accessed from either Boone or Desmet Avenues, one-half block west of Hamilton Street.

Learn about the "Americans and the Holocaust" exhibit at Foley Library.