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Holocaust survivor to speak at Georgia College

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August 08, 2012

Holocaust survivor Dr. Alfred Schneider will lecture about the music that unified Jewish women and men at the CzechTerezin concentration campTerezin concentration camp Republic’s Terezin concentration camp.

Alfred SchneiderAlfred SchneiderSchneider will present “Music and the Holocaust” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in the Campus Black Box Theatre, Room 217. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Schneider will speak about the artists who were held in Terezin but continued to pursue their art,” said Dr. Karen Berman, chair of Georgia College Department of Theatre. “Many of these brave artists died during the Holocaust; however, their strength is an inspiration to us all.”

Schneider is professor emeritus of Georgia Tech, who was spared from German concentration camps by his Austrian hometown mayor of Czernowitz, now part of Ukraine. For years he has been interested in the music associated with the Holocaust.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cooper Union in New York. He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. After working 26 years in industry and research institutions, he joined Georgia Tech as professor of nuclear engineering.

Schneider’s lecture is in conjunction with the Department of Theatre’s presentation of “The Flights of Jan Wiener.” The play explores the life of Holocaust survivor and hero Jan Wiener whose mother died in the Terezin concentration camp.

The play takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the Campus Black Box Theatre. The event also is free and open to the public.

For more information about Dr. Schneider’s lecture and the play, call 478-445-1980.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.


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