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Well Known South Coast Educator, World War II Concentration Camp Survivor Dies

Judith Meisel was held at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland

A well-known Santa Barbara educator who was also a Holocaust survivor has died.  Judith Meisel was born in Lithuania.  She and her sister survived a Nazi concentration camp, but their mother and many other relatives died. 

After moving to the United States, she was involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s.  She became a teacher focused on early childhood education

Her story is one of those featured in an exhibit about Holocaust survivors at the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara.  She would do talks about her Holocaust survival story to educator others about what had happened during the war.

She moved to Minnesota several years ago to be with family members.  Meisel was 91 years old.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.