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August 15, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership 2005-2006 lecture series “Perspectives on the Holocaust” at Viterbo University will open with holocaust survivor Nessie Godin in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
Godin was a girl in Lithuania at the outbreak of World War II. She survived a concentration camp, four labor camps, and a death march. She is now the co-president of the Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Greater Washington. She also serves on the Jewish Community Council, United Jewish Appeal Federation, and is a featured speaker of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
All events will be held in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre and are free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The entire ethics lecture series will be broadcast on the new WisconsinEye television network during the first quarter of 2006.

Additional information and updates about the events and related book discussions will be posted at
The series continues:

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Martha Teichner, one of only a handful of female battle correspondents and now working for CBS News Sunday Morning, will reflect on her experiences to draw parallels between the Holocaust of World War II and the ongoing prospect of genocide in the
world today. The event is co-sponsored by the La Crosse Public Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Resistance member Mireille Rostad was 16 years old when the Nazis invaded her native country of Belgium in 1940. 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 is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissman Klein has lectured throughout the country and has written several books, including All But My Life, The Hours After, and A Boring Evening at Home. One Survivor Remembers, a documentary about her experiences during the Holocaust, won an Academy Award in 1996. She has also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and was featured on 60 Minutes and Nightline. A book discussion of All But My Life will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Sabrina Zimering was a 16-year-old in Poland when the Germans invaded in 1939. After three years in the ghetto, where fear, hunger, and typhus were a daily part of life, the deportation of Jews to the gas chambers of Treblinka began. She and her sister used false identification to escape and live as Catholic Poles in Nazi Germany. Her memoir is entitled Hiding in the Open. She has extensive speaking experience, including speaking at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. A book discussion of Hiding in the Open will be held Thursday, March 16 from 4-5:30 p.m.

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