SACRAMENTO – On Monday, April 16, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Dr. Adam Greenspan at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the State Capitol.
Each year, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus hosts the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on California’s Holocaust Memorial Day to recognize survivors, family of survivors or liberators.
“Dr. Adam Greenspan’s entire life exhibits survival. The town he lived in with his parents at the tender age of 4 was bombed during the first week of the German Blietzkrieg by which the German Army started World War II. He recalls fleeing into the countryside with his parents after the attacks on Poland by the Germans and the Soviets in 1939,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “Adam’s persistence through the ensuing horror and the success that he and his family achieved despite the terrors of the Holocaust is inspiring. It is with great honor that I recognize Dr. Adam Greenspan as the honoree of the year for the Eighth Assembly District,” continued Cooley.
Dr. Adam Greenspan is the only child of a physician, Bernard, from Rudnik nad Sanem, in eastern Poland. In 1939, 4-year old Adam fled with his family to Lvov, 92 miles away. When the Soviet forces invaded Poland under the Molotow-Ribbentrop agreement, Adam and his family were sent via cattle train on a five week journey to Novosibirsk, Siberia, where his father worked as an internist, surgeon, pediatrician, obstetrician, and dentist for the Russians with make-shift tools. Adam’s family was relocated to Burnoje, Kazakhstan in 1941 where Adam collected cow “pancakes” as fuel for their stove, their sole source of heat. After the war ended, Adam’s family lived in Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) in western Poland, where Adam finished school, studied medicine, and became an orthopedic surgeon. Despite his accomplishments, Adam did not wish to spend his life living under a totalitarian regime in communist Poland, and he resolved to leave by any means necessary. After several unsuccessful attempts to emigrate legally to the United States, he escaped to Austria, where he sought asylum. He eventually made his way to the United States and settled in the Arden area of Sacramento.
Adam’s father, Bernard passed away in Poland in 1964, and his mother Eugenia emigrated to the U.S. a few years later, passing away in New York in 1984. Dr. Greenspan is a world famous orthopedic radiologist and Professor of Radiology at the University of California, Davis. He has written multiple articles and books on his specialty. He lives with his wife Barbara and has three grown children, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/
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