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August 21, 2006

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND NOBEL PRIZE WINNER ELIE WIESEL TO SPEAK AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY SEPT. 27

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The world’s most respected voice on the Holocaust, Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, will speak in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 as part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership fall lecture series.

A limited number of tickets for “An Evening with Elie Wiesel” will be available to the general public at the Viterbo box office beginning Thursday, Sept. 7. Tickets can be purchased in person or by phone at 608-796-3100. Tickets are $12 for main floor and $10 for balcony seating. A capacity crowd is expected and university officials are arranging overflow seating where audience members can watch the presentation on closed circuit television. Tickets for overflow seating are $4. (Editor's Note: Tickets to this event are sold out.)

Wiesel is the author of Night, his famous memoir of his terrifying and tragic experiences during the Holocaust. He was 15 years old when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi death camp and symbol of genocide and terror. His mother and younger sister died there, while his two older sisters survived. Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.

“It’s a real privilege to have Elie Wiesel come and speak to the citizens of western Wisconsin,” said Rick Kyte, director of the Reinhart Institute. “His message of respect for fellow human beings in the context of racial and religious conflict is urgently needed.”

The internationally acclaimed Night has been published in more than 30 languages. Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, and the Medal of Liberty Award. President Jimmy Carter appointed him as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust. He also became the founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

Shortly after receiving the Nobel Prize, he and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization dedicated to combating indifference, intolerance, and injustice though international dialogues and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding, and equality.

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