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A Time to Remember at KWU

Jeff Garretson - April 19, 2016 9:34 pm

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Left for dead – Holocaust survivor Edith Eger, PhD was found by American forces as they liberated a Nazi death camp in 1945.

“She was found in a pile of bodies with a broken back and she only survived because the G.I.’s that liberated the camp, one of them accidentally stepped on her hand and she reacted to it,” said Dr. Mike Russell, History Professor at Kansas Wesleyan University.

“That’s how close she came to actually dying.”

Dr. Russell joined in on the KSAL Morning News Tuesday with preview of the events scheduled for KWU’s Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week beginning Monday, April 25, 2016.

Dr. Russell’s lecture: “Why Deny? The Armenian Genocide, The Rape of Nanking, and the Holocaust as Examples” will set the week in motion on Monday evening beginning at 6pm in Pioneer Hall Room 325.

Tuesday’s events include a video presentation from 6pm to 8pm: “Protocols of Zion” in Pioneer Hall Room 325.

Dr. Eger will share her gripping story, “The Art of Survival” in Sams Chapel Wednesday evening at 7pm.

“For someone to go through that experience, losing her family in Auschwitz – to be able to become this person who can change that message of hatred and resentment to a message of love and forgiveness and compassion …we’re really lucky that she’s willing to come back and visit us.”

Dr. Russell added that Dr. Eger has spoken twice before during KWU’s Remembrance event, back in 2009 and again in 2011.

“I can’t think of anybody better for the 10th year anniversary than Dr. Edith Eger,” he said.

For more on KWU’s Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Week go to www.kwu.edu


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