Rita R. Schorr was born on April 16, 1934 to a prominent Jewish family in Boryslav, Poland, currently the Ukraine. With the outbreak of World War II, her family experienced the Soviet Occupation and, with the 1941 implementation of the "Final Solution," the German concentration camps. Liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Schorr was forced to rebuild her life without her family. She attended a Hebrew high school in Munich and then, with the financial support of Pembroke College students' fundraising efforts, was able to come to the United States and attend Pembroke College on scholarship. While at Pembroke, Schorr studied History and International Relations and interned with the U.N. She later did graduate work at Radcliffe College. After this, Schorr married, had a career in teaching, and had two daughters. Her advice to Brown students is: "Put all you can to be the best you can. And contribute the best way you can."
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