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Smart Talk: State of working PA; Holocaust survivor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 27, 2014 1:38 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, August 28, 2014:

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The Keystone Research Center releases their annual State of Working Pennsylvania report every year just before Labor Day.  The 2014 report will be made public for the first time on Thursday's Smart Talk.

The news on the employment front has not been good the last few years but Pennsylvania's unemployment rate has been consistently below the nation jobless rate in recent months.  We'll see if that makes a difference.

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Dr. Stephen Herzenberg

Economist Dr. Stephen Herzenberg is the executive director of the left-leaning Keystone Research Center.  He will be a guest on Thursday's Smart Talk

Also, 92-year-old Severin Fayerman was arrested in his native Poland during World War II by

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Auschwitz

the Nazis.  He and his family were held in the Auschwitz concentration camp.  Mr. Fayerman, who isn't Jewish, was forced to dig trenches that were used for mass graves and to bury the ashes of those killed in the crematoriums at the camp.  Eventually he was sent to work in a factory in Germany because German workers were needed in the military.

Mr. Fayerman also was held at the Buchenwald concentration camp.

He'll tell his story on Thursday's Smart Talk.

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