Humanities speaker to provide unique perspective on Holocaust

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

LINCOLN -- A Nebraska Humanities Council speaker will bring to life his grandfather's experiences as a prisoner of a Nazi concentration camp, during an NHC presentation at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Monday at McCook Senior High.

Oliver Pollak will present "The Holocaust: A Personal Documentary," giving his audience a unique view of the Holocaust through the story of his grandfather, a survivor of the Theresin concentration camp.

Pollak will share family papers and items from the camp, and describe the "Star of David" that his grandfather was forced to wear under Nazi occupation.

Pollak takes his audience through his grandfather's youth and early manhood, through implementation of the Nuremberg Laws, incarceration at Theresin, to liberation by the Allied Forces in 1945 and immigration to the United States.

"The Holocaust: A Personal Documentary" is one of about 300 programs offered through the NHC's Speakers Bureau. The list of speakers includes scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists. Topics range from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues.

The most frequent users of the Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, art organizations and ethnic organizations.

In 2002, the NHC presented about 845 speaker programs statewide.

For more information on available speakers and guidelines for booking programs, contact the NHC at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 225, Lincoln, NE 69508; telephone,(402) 474-2131; fax, (408) 474-4852; or e-mail,

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