Severin Fayerman
Severin Fayerman
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Severin Fayerman to present “A Survivor’s Story”

Penn State Harrisburg will welcome Severin Fayerman to discuss his inspirational memoir “A Survivor’s Story” on Tuesday, November 5 at noon in the campus library Morrison Gallery. 

The discussion will focus on Fayerman’s journey from the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald to the United States and a successful business and civic career. 

Fayerman was born in Poland.  When he was 17 years old, Germany invaded his country and the Nazis confiscated his family's manufacturing business.  In time, he and his family were arrested and sent to forced labor camps.

Fayerman and his family survived WWII and in 1945 secured passage to America.  With $5,000, he started the world-renowned Baldwin Hardware in 1947.

He held an active, daily role in company leadership until the sale of the company to Masco Corporation in 1982, after which Fayerman assumed the position of honorary Chairman Emeritus, acting as advisor to Baldwin executives and serving as a key instructor at Baldwin University. 

He now resides in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The event is open to the public.  A kosher food reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, call 717-948-6727, email, or visit