March 3, 2010
Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARTIN WEISS TO SPEAK AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY MARCH 23
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Martin Weiss, who survived two of Nazi Germany’s most notorious concentration camps, will share his story at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.
One of nine children, Weiss and his family were deported to Auschwitz in May 1944. Weiss, his father, brother, and two uncles were selected for forced labor while the other family members were sent to the gas chambers. Martin and his father were sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, and then to the subcamp of Melk, where they were forced to build tunnels into the side of the mountains. His father perished there. Martin was liberated at the Gunskirchen camp by U.S. troops in May 1945. He returned home to Czechoslovakia, where he found some surviving family members. In 1946 they immigrated to the United States.
Weiss’ presentation corresponds with Viterbo’s annual “Teaching the Holocaust” Workshop, which will be held March 23–24. The workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their schools.
“We are fortunate to have developed a close relationship with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum over the past few years,” said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo. “That is what has enabled us to bring in speakers like Martin Weiss, who will not only give an evening address to the public but will also be present on the following day to interact with educators attending a workshop on teaching the Holocaust.”
Other Holocaust survivors who have appeared at Viterbo to capacity audiences in the Fine Arts Center include Elie Wiesel, Manya Friedman, Inge Auerbacher, and Henry Greenbaum.
The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited. The presentation is co-sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is part of the 2010 D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series.