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‘Schindler’s List’ Holocaust survivor to give Grinnell commencement address


Holocaust survivor Celina Karp Biniaz, the youngest person on Oskar Schindler’s list and a 1952 graduate of Grinnell College, will give the commencement address at her alma mater on May 21. During the commencement ceremony, in which approximately 380 seniors will receive Bachelor of Arts degrees, Biniaz will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Her story was mirrored in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film “Schindler’s List.” Silent about her Holocaust experiences before the film’s release, Biniaz was inspired by the movie to tell her story. The commencement ceremony is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. in central campus. If the weather is inclement, the ceremony will be held in the Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Ave. No tickets are required. The ceremony also will also be livestreamed on Grinnell’s website.

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