D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Lecture Series 2005-2006

Perspectives on the Holocaust

Supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Sept. 13, 2005 – Nesse Godin, Holocaust Survivor

Nesse Godin was a young girl in Lithuania when the Nazis rose to power. She survived a concentration camp, four labor camps, and a death march. Godin is co-president of the Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Greater Washington. She serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Council, United Jewish Appeal Federation, and is a featured speaker of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her life story has been retold in numerous publications, including Washingtonian Magazine, Scholastic News, and The Gazette. She has also appeared in Walter Cronkite's In Memory of Millions and Bill Moyers' Beyond Hate.

Oct. 26, 2005 – Martha Teichner, Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning

War and Media: The Role of the Journalist in Reporting Conflict
Before joining Sunday Morning, Teichner was one of only a handful of female battle correspondents. On assignment with the CBS News London Bureau, Teichner reported on the war in Bosnia, the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Romanian Revolution. During the Persian Gulf War, she was one of few journalists allowed by the military to accompany U.S. troops. She also spent time covering the conflict from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Israel. Teichner will reflect on her experience as a war correspondent to address the ongoing prospect of genocide in the world today.

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Nov. 8, 2005 – Mireille Rostad, Resistance Member

Mireille Rostad was 16-years-old when the Nazis invaded her hometown of Brussels, Belgium. Using a false ID and relying on a system of underground networks established by the resistance, she walked to France where she served as a medic and distributed clandestine newspapers. She served in the resistance for the remainder of the war using the code name “Squirrel.” After the war she worked in counterintelligence in General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Frankfurt headquarters. She is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.  

Feb. 6, 2006 – Gerda Weissman Klein, Holocaust Survivor

Gerda Weissman Klein has lectured throughout the country and has written several books, including All But My Life, her autobiography, The Hours After, co-authored by her husband, and most recently, A Boring Evening At Home. One Survivor Remembers, a documentary about her experiences during the Holocaust, won an Academy Award in 1996. Another film that features her story is shown regularly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and was featured on 60 Minutes and Nightline.

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March 20, 2006 – Frank Buscher, Professor of History, Christian Brothers University

Explaining the Holocaust: The Historian as Teacher and War Crimes Investigator
In recent decades the Jewish Holocaust and other incidents of genocide have received considerable attention in both classrooms and courtrooms. Historians from various countries have played important roles in this development. They have acted as researchers, investigators, and expert witnesses in court cases, and been the driving force behind the growing popularity of high school and college courses on the evils of racism in general and the Nazi murder of the European Jews in particular. Using examples from his experience as a professor of history and as a war crimes investigator for the Canadian government, Buscher will help us understand why people have such different, and often contradictory, perceptions of the holocaust.

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April 4, 2006 – Dr. Sabina Zimering, Hidden Child

Sabina Zimering, who grew up in Poland, was 16-years-old when World War II broke out. In October 1942, after three years in the ghetto, where fear, hunger, and typhus reigned, the deportation of the Jews to the gas chambers of Treblinka began. With false IDs from her friends, she and her sister escaped and passed as Catholic Poles in Nazi Germany. Her memoir, Hiding in the Open, became a Radio Talking Book for the blind. It was adapted for the stage at the History Theater in St. Paul in 2004 to great critical acclaim. She has extensive speaking experience including the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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For more information contact Richard Kyte at 608-796-3704 or email ethics@viterbo.edu.