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The E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues welcomed the third speaker of its 2001-2002 schedule, Anna Rosmus, on the afternoon of March 7, 2002 in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Rosmus' lecture was titled "Growing Up Where Hitler Lived."


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2001-2002
Schedule

free and open to the public; all events in Lied Center for Performing Arts, 12th & R Streets, Lincoln, NE, except Terrorism Panel, in Kimball Hall

 
Andrew Nathan
"Is It Any of Our Business?"
Thursday, April 11, 3:30pm

Mikhail Gorbachev
"Russia: Retrospect and Prospect"
Thursday, March 14, 10:30am

Anna Rosmus
"Growing Up Where Hitler Lived"
Thursday, March 7, 3:30pm

Terrorism Panel
Featuring United States Senator Chuck Hagel, with Thomas Gouttiere, Steven Hinrichs, Patrice McMahon and Peter Tomsen
Friday, Nov. 2, 2-4pm

Meave Leakey
"The Search and Discovery of Our Earliest Ancestors"
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30pm

 
 
   
As a teenager, Rosmus uncovered a deeply buried Nazi past in her hometown of Passau, Germany. She has located and published the stories and artwork of Jews who once lived in the Passau area and has written five books on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. She has been awarded the highest honor of the German Jewish Community, the 1995 Galinski Prize, and is the subject of a documentary shown throughout Germany, "The Nasty Girl in America."

Rosmus was also featured in a CBS television 60 Minutes profile in which she reunited Holocaust survivors and liberators in a 50th anniversary commemoration in Germany.

Her book, Wintergreen: Suppressed Murders, documents the atrocities in Passau at the end of the war, the murder of 2,000 Soviet prisoners, and the forced abortions performed on slave laborers, and the murder of the laborers’ infants. The book also documents how memorials to the victims were changed to erase the parts of the past. Her other books include Out of Passau; Pocking: End and Renewal; Exodus: In the Shadow of Mercy; Resistance and Persecution: Passau 1933-1939; and Robert Klein, a German Jew Looks Back. A biography of Anna Rosmus was published in 1994 by Hans Dieter Schütt titled Anna Rosmus - The Witch of Passau.

Rosmus has located and published the stories and artwork of Jews who were exiled from Passau area, and has contributed numerous essays to various magazines and newspapers.

She has received the Conscience-in-Media Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Sarnat Prize from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Survivors & Friends' Holocaust Memorial Award.

In its fourteen-year history, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has established itself as one of the preeminent speakers series in higher education. Past Thompson Forum events have featured, among many others: Holocaust survivor and peace activist Elie Weisel; Camelia Sadat, the daughter of Anwar Sadat and founder of the Sadat Peace Institute; Maki Mandela, daughter of the former South African president; the Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University; Hedrick Smith, journalist and expert on the former Soviet Union; Kennedy Administration Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.