My name is Alex Hershaft. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, and I am a survivor of the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. After the war, I spent five years in an Italian refugee camp, then emigrated to the United States from Italy in 1951.
I received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Iowa State University. In the subsequent twenty-five years, I have done teaching, materials and operations research, and environmental management for academic, aerospace, and consulting institutions.
I enjoy humor, music, dancing, sports, and righting wrongs. I also enjoy seeing my daughter work; she is a professional actress.
I was always bothered by the idea of hitting a beautiful, living, innocent animal over the head, cutting him up into pieces, then shoving the pieces into my mouth. I finally made my decision to stop eating animals when I came upon a ritual slaughter scene during a visit to Israel.
My experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi Holocaust had a profound impact on my subsequent life choices. I felt some guilt that I lived when so many others didn’t, and a sense of duty to redeem my survival by assuming their share of responsibility for making this planet a better place to live for all its inhabitants. After the war, I became active in the religious freedom, civil rights, peace, and environmental