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September 1, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin will speak about her experiences Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Godin was a 13-year-old girl when the Nazis invaded her home country of Lithuania in 1941. She was one of 10,000 Jews in her hometown at the time, and one of only 250 who would survive.

Godin lived in a Jewish ghetto until 1944, when her father was killed and she was separated from the rest of her family and sent to a concentration camp. She would go on to survive the Stutthof concentration camp, four labor camps, and a death march. At age 17, she weighed only 69 pounds when she was liberated by the Red Army on March 10, 1945.

She now travels thousands of miles each year to share her experiences in honor of the women who helped her survive. She also is co-president of the Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Greater Washington, and 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.

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