Dec. 12, 2023
More than 50 years ago, a crystal chandelier was delivered in a nondescript box to the North Carolina Executive Mansion. The chandelier was a gift from Karoline Horowitz, a state resident who settled in Western North Carolina in the 1940s with her husband, Peter, and six-year-old son, Bob, after a daring escape from Europe and the Nazis. On Dec. 12, Bob joined North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper at a special event at the Executive Mansion to share stories of his family’s history and the incredible journey of this chandelier. Dr. Chris Patti, a professor in the Department of Communication at App State who specializes in oral history interviews of Holocaust survivors, led the discussion.