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My Name is Mitka: A Survivor’s Story

Performed by the Reno Phil

Mitka was a child in 1939 when he was seized by Nazis in Polish Ukraine. His journey took him on cattle cars to places with names like Birkenau and Dachau before he ended up in Pfaffenwald. He survived spent the war years as slave laborer, enduring inconceivably brutal physical and psychological abuse before he was freed in 1949. He arrived in America in 1951 where he made a new life, eventually making his home in Sparks, where he lives today with his wife and is surrounded by children and grandchildren.

When composer Jordan Roper first heard Mitka’s story as a Holocaust survivor, he was so moved he penned an original composition as a soundtrack to his journey. The Reno Phil will perform that composition, My Name is Mitka, Nov. 5 and 7, in honor of Mitka and his family.

At a time of much conflict, intolerance and racial tension in our country, this performance can bring the residents of our community together to honor one man whose incredible life symbolizes the power of hope.

Please join the Reno Phil and our community for this moving performance.

Additional information:
RAD Strategies Inc. for Reno Phil
775-323-6333 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ronele Dotson, 775-378-0031 direct
Dotti Gallagher, 775-830-8500 direct