Holocaust Refugee / Motivational Lecturer

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     Captain Keisch, the son of Jewish Partisans, was born in the waning days of WWII in a Nazi concentration/work camp, Plaszov located in the city of Krakow, Poland.  

  Growing up in Connecticut nurtured his love for the sea and led him to The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He travelled the world over on nearly a score of different deep-sea vessels as a Merchant Marine Deck Cadet, Navy Reserve Officer, and a licensed deck officer rising through the ranks to eventually command ten different ships for three different companies.

  Captain Keisch, the proverbially Wandering Jew, eventually settled in Richmond, VA, in the Fall of 1984, with his beautiful wife Dianne and their ten-month old daughter Heather. 

  He was a highly sought-after Docent at the VHM for 14 years eventually serving on that Museum’s board and their Executive Council. He left the VHM behind to focus more completely on the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery (a State and National Historic Site) serving as Vice President, Grounds Keeper and Kristallnacht Services Chairman. 

  Never turning his back on his love for the sea, he is today the Vice-President of the Richmond Chapter of Kings Point Alumni Association as well as serving on the Advisory Board of America’s Flag Ship the SS UNITED STATES.  

  Captain Keisch enthusiastically delivers his message of Holocaust Remembrance to help stop the scourge of bullies everywhere from schoolyards to the Genocidal killing fields of a weary world, changing the dogmatic phrase on the gate of Auschwitz from, “Arbeit Mach Frei” (Work Sets you FREE) to “EDUCATION SETS YOU FREE”.

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Holocaust REFUGEE as a child; becomes a Captain in the United States Merchant Marine!