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9.16.16 Issue

Liz Feldstern, Executive Director, Institute for Holocaust Education

Three individuals of remarkable strength will take the stage together at the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

The featured speakers will include Kitty Williams (a Hungarian Jew who survived the Holocaust, including time in Auschwitz), an asylum seeker from Syria and Dieudonne Manirakiza (a former refugee from Burundi). Each speaker will share their personal experience of persecution and dehumanization, and their eventual journey to a safe haven in the United States. While each story is entirely unique, listeners will find parallels in the experiences of loss, devastation, and maybe even hope.

Voices of Survival is a collaborative project of the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE), Lutheran Family Services (LFS), and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). The event aims to promote awareness of the plight of refugees both past and present – and stir our community to action on behalf of the freedom seekers yet to come.

The evening will include a lobby exhibit featuring photographs of refugees by Father Don Doll S.J. selected pieces from Portraits of Survival, a collection of photographic portraits of Holocaust survivors created by David Radler. Both exhibits will be available for viewing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored in part by the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust Education Fund. There is no charge to attend. Lutheran Family Services and the Institute for Holocaust Education will both be accepting monetary donations to help with their ongoing efforts in our community.

Free parking will be available. Questions? Contact the IHE at or 402.334.6576