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- Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 - MAC - The Legacy of War: Story as Bridge, Liberation and Transformation
Frederick "Fritz" Tubach, professor emeritus of German at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "The Legacy of War: Story as Bridge, Liberation and Transformation" Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. Tubach, along with Bernat Rosner, is the author of "An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust." The book tells the story of Tubach, the son of a Nazi officer, and Rosner, the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz. In 1944, 13-year-old Tubach was almost old enough to join the Hitler Youth in his German village of Kleinheubach. That same year in Hungary, 12-year-old Rosner was loaded onto a train with the rest of the village's Jewish inhabitants and taken to Auschwitz, where his whole family was murdered. Many years later, after enjoying successful lives in California, they met, became friends, and decided to share their intimate story--that of two boys trapped in evil and destructive times, who became men with the freedom to construct their own future, with each other and the world. Tubach was raised in Germany during World War II, the son of a German army soldier and an unsympathetic member of the Germany Youth Organization. After the war, Tubach came to the U.S., earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he went on to spend his career teaching. He is also the author of "German Voices." In this book, he reports on interviews and letters of people who went through the war. He hopes to show that the spirit and mind of Germany under Hitler was not one mind and spirit. He has read thousands of letters by soldiers, many of whom died in the war, family members and others, written during this difficult time in Germany's history. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Edith Green and Gordon Frazee Lecture Funds. The endowed lectures honor Edith Green, a Linfield College trustee who served in Congress for two decades, and Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.
Location: Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall
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