Simpson University Presents Return of World War II Veteran Ernest Wertheim

For Immediate Release


Ernest Wertheim

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University, in partnership with the Shasta Union High School District, is pleased to announce the return of speaker Ernest Wertheim, a 96-year-old German-Jewish storyteller and U.S. veteran who drew large crowds at several events in Redding in 2012.

The free event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Heritage Student Life Center at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive.

Wertheim, who escaped Nazi Germany and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has developed a reputation as a renowned landscape architect and garden designer.

He will share stories about how he escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 and became an American citizen and Army intelligence officer. He met and worked with Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. On one occasion, Gen. MacArthur borrowed Wertheim’s rifle to shoot several soldiers who were sneaking up on them.

Wertheim’s new memoir, Chasing Spring, will be for sale at the event.

On Tuesday morning (March 15), Wertheim will speak to area high school students at the David Marr Auditorium in Redding.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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