Perspectives on the Holocaust


Two Sessions: Mondays, March 5, 12; 1-2:30 PM

Location: Upper Iowa University, WDM

Cost: $18

Class Limit: 30


Learn about the Holocaust from two perspectives:


Session 1: One Man’s Journey: Insights and Inspiration from the Holocaust

A multimedia presentation will detail Ron Krull’s summer 1996 participation in the prestigious “Teachers’ Seminar on the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance,” which was designed by Warsaw ghetto survivors to ensure that another generation of American educators would continue telling the stories of Holocaust survivors. This presentation, designed to be uplifting and inspirational, includes insights into how Adolph Hitler was able to carry out such a monstrously evil scheme and how history has passed judgment.


Session 2: The Family Connection

Beverly Nagel Ellis will share the story of her parents surviving in a forced labor camp in Russia and their journey after liberation from the camp. Having a skill saved lives; Bev's father was a cobbler whose skills were needed by the Russian soldiers in the camp. Students will have an opportunity to view photos of the Nagel family’s life in a displaced persons camp in Germany. Bev will share a book featuring photos and biographies of Holocaust survivors, including her mother, and Jewish artifacts her mother was able to save from her home in Poland.


Instructor Ron Krull taught 33 years in the Ames Community School District. He received both the Iowa Council for the Social Studies Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution State Teacher of the Year Award.


Instructor Bev Ellis, who came to the US with her parents in 1950 as a refugee, has been an educator for over 40 years. She was the facilitator for elementary gifted education for the Urbandale Community Schools for 18 years.




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