2016 Holocaust Workshop Archives
April 7-8, 2016
Magda Herzberger, Holocaust survivor and poet
April 7, 2016, 7:00 pm - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Magda Mozes Herzberger was born on February 20, 1926, in Cluj, Romania. The Mozes family, along with thousands of other Jews, was forced into the Cluj Ghetto. It was liquidated only a month later. Magda and her family were sent to Auschwitz, where most of them perished.
In 1957, after nine years in Israel, the Herzbergers immigrated to the U.S. They and their two children settled in Monroe, Wisconsin, where Magda's husband practiced medicine for 20 years. The Herzbergers moved to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1976 and to Arizona in 1994.
Magda has spoken extensively about her experiences. She has published two memoirs-- Eyewitness to Holocaust and Survival--and several volumes of poetry and fiction.
- Steve Feinberg, Former Special Assistant for the Education Programs in the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC
- Dr. Shay Pilnik, Executive Director of the Nathan and Ether Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center in Milwaukee (HERC)
- Dana Humphrey, English teacher and Gubernatorial Appointee to the Missouri Holocaust Education and Awareness Commission
- Timothy Scott, Holocaust Educator and Speaker
- Rabbi Simcha Prombaum, Congregation Sons of Abraham
- Dave Nelson, Language Arts Teacher, Westby High School, Westby, Wisconsin
Comments from past presenters
"My observation of, and participation in, such a forum as the Holocaust Educators' Workshop at Viterbo University is a major learning event for me. To be exposed to Holocaust scholars working in this field and survivors who bring an immediacy to the subject is key. The workshop is superbly organized, with time for both concentration and reflection. The annual topics themselves are timely, reflecting the changing nature of Holocaust studies. Area teachers are no doubt the chief beneficiaries, but the community at large should consider itself fortunate to have such an ongoing program in its midst."
—Bill Younglove, Instructor/Teacher Supervisor, California State University Long Beach
"Over the past 20 years, I had the privilege of speaking in 12 states at some 200 venues, middle and high schools, universities, teacher seminars, churches and synagogues with audiences ranging from a dozen to just short of 200. But none of my speaking engagements compares with my experience at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Never before did I receive as much local media coverage as I did in La Crosse: phone interviews, live and prerecorded TV interviews and press coverage. A great credit to your PR savvy especially so because Holocaust messages often are a hard sell. Viterbo University's commitment to the moral and ethical significance of the topic had its pay-off that Friday evening when the auditorium was filled to near capacity with some 850 citizens curious to hear me speak of my Holocaust experience and the vital role played by rescuers. Mrs. Darryle Clott's leadership and commitment to the Holocaust Teachers' Workshop held annually at Viterbo University is unique in my experience and was evident wherever I looked. Viterbo University was an unknown entity to me prior to my visit to La Crosse. It no longer is and will never be forgotten.
Thank you so very much for having invited me to be part of the Holocaust Educators' Workshop."
—Peter Feigl, Holocaust Survivor
Darryle Clott, History Instructor/D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership Associate, Viterbo University