March 2, 2001
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR NESSE GODIN TO SPEAK IN WILMINGTON
First in Series of Events Sponsored by Local Committee and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin will address the Wilmington Rotary Club on March 15 at noon at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington. The program is the first in a series of events in Delaware sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Delaware Project, “WHY REMEMBER?”
Born in 1928 in Shauliai, Lithuania, Nesse Godin was 13 years old when the Nazis invaded her home. Shortly after the Nazi takeover, she was interned in the Shauliai Ghetto. During the war she survived the Stutthof Concentration Camp, four labor camps and a death march before liberation in 1945.
Today, Nesse has dedicated her adult life to teaching about the Holocaust. She has spoken to a audiences across the country including the Naval Academy, the Department of Defense, schools, churches, synagogues, and civic groups. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, and on November 15, 1998, she was presented the Elie Wiesel Holocaust Remembrance Medal in recognition of her dedication to remembrance of victims of the Holocaust and for teaching youth and adults what hatred can do.
Throughout March and April, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Delaware Project “WHY REMEMBER” is sponsoring a number of events in Delaware focusing on teachers, students and families. The WHY REMEMBER committee is chaired by Howard and Marsha Borin. Honorary chairs are Denise and Gary Hindes. Upcoming events include:
- April 3, Holocaust survivors will speak to middle and high school students at Playhouse Theatre;
- April 13, Holocaust survivor George Preston of Wilmington will speak at St. Andrews High School in Middletown;
- April 19 and 22, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (nominated for an Academy Award) will screen at the University of Delaware and Wilmington College, respectively;
- April 24, Holocaust survivor Ann Jaffe of Wilmington will speak at Kennett High School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania;
- April 26, Book-and-Author Luncheon with Holocaust survivor William Donat at Hotel duPont in Wilmington.
These programs are generously partnered by The News Journal and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and funded in part by the MBNA Foundation. For more information, please contact Sharon Mittelman at 302-737-1816.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. Since opening in April 1993, the Museum has welcomed more than 15 million visitors. The Museum’s primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.