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June 11, 2012

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

BOOK SIGNING AND RECEPTION FOR SQUIRREL IS ALIVE: A TEENAGER IN THE BELGIAN RESISTANCE AND FRENCH UNDERGROUND BY MARY ROSTAD AND SUSAN T. HESSEL AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY JUNE 19 

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A reception and book signing for Squirrel is Alive: A Teenager in the Belgian Resistance and French Underground by Mary Rostad with Susan T. Hessel will be held from 5–6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 in the Viterbo University Reinhart Center Board Room.

Squirrel is Alive: A Teenager in the Belgian Resistance and French Underground is the incredible story of Mary Rostad’s early life as told to local author Susan Hessel. Hessel will sign books at the event, which will also be attended by members of Rostad’s family.

Rostad passed away in October 2011 at the age of 87. She was 16 years old when the Nazis conquered her home city of Brussels in 1940. She joined the resistance movement, serving in Belgium and later France, primarily as a courier of underground documents.

At the end of World War II, Rostad met U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Allen Rostad. They married and moved to Houston, Minn., in 1946. Professor Greg Wegner, author of Anti-Semitism and Schooling Under the Third Reich, said that Rostad’s “civic courage remains a model for teachers and students in Holocaust education.”

Hessel is a personal historian dedicated to preserving life stories of individuals. A board member of the Association of Personal Historians, she is especially honored to work with those who have stood up in the face of repression and adversity.

Squirrel is Alive: A Teenager in the Belgian Resistance and French Underground is the third book published by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. It is available for purchase in the Viterbo University Bookstore.

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