Friday, October 9, 2009

St. Olaf to award honorary degree to Holocaust survivor





Henry Oertelt pictured with his great grandson, Chance

St. Olaf College News
reported this week that will award honorary degrees to Henry Oertelt, a Holocaust survivor and regular speaker on campus, and Roderic Camp, one of the most distinguished experts on Mexico in the United States, during a convocation ceremony Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public and will be streamed live and archived online.

In addition to Thursday's event, Camp will lecture on "What It Means to Me to Be a Latin Americanist" Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Valhalla Room of Buntrock Commons, and on "Leadership in Mexico: Has Democracy Made a Difference?" Wedneday, Oct. 14, at 3:15 p.m. in Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons. Also on Wednesday, at 6:45 p.m. in Holland Hall 501, Oertelt's story will be shown in films prepared by the Shoah Foundation and through portions of a current film project that is based on his book, Unbroken Chain: My Journey through the Nazi Holocaust.

Henry will be accompanied by his granddaughter, Dr. Corey Samuels, and Stephanie Houser, CEO of launch flix, the Phoenix production company that is producing the film. Dr. Samuels has joined launch flix as an Associate Producer.

Oertelt has already received similar honors from St. Cloud University and South West State University, both in Minnesota.

You can see a short film about An Unbroken Chain here.

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