Summary of the 2001 Baeumler-Kaplan Memorial Event
Survivor will Share Holocaust Experience April 17th
Oertelt, a survivor of the Holocaust, will share his experiences
at the University of Minnesota, Duluths Marshall Performing Arts
Center during the annual Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration at
3:30 p.m. on April 17, 2001.
Oertelts book, The Unbroken Chain, recounts
how life changed for the Jews under Hitlers rule. He uses the
motif of a chain with 18 links (he chose 18 because of its association
with Chai, life) to explain why he was one of the lucky
ones to survive. His premise is that had any one of the links been broken,
or not in existence, he too would have succumbed to the Nazi terror.
Together with his brother, Mr. Oertelt survived life in Theresienstadt,
Auschwitz, and Flossenberg which involved forced marches, slave labor,
starvation and disease.
7 p.m. on April 17th, 2001 (the evening of Mr. Oertelts
lecture), the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee has
arranged a showing of the film The White Rose in the Marshall
Performing Arts Center. This film, based on a book by the same name,
depicts the anti Nazi German student resistance movement based in Munich.
Mr. Oertelt has graciously agreed to participate in a panel discussion
following the film, along with Mrs. Leonore Baeumler (one of the namesakes
of the series), Professor Karl Bahm (of the University of Wisconsin,
Superiors History Department), Professor Alexis Pogorelskin (chair
of the UMD History Department). Professor Tom Isbell (of UMDs
Hope to see you there!