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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release September 18, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Historical Library hosts author Adele Anolik talk and book signing

Topic: Concentration camp survivors who moved to Des Moines after World War II

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library will host author Adele Anolik this month for a book signing and discussion about concentration camp survivors who moved to Des Moines after World War II.

Anolik will discuss and sign copies of her book, “The Liberation of the Concentration Camps: The Des Moines, Iowa, Survivors,” (Ice Cube Press, 2008) at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the State Historical Library, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is presented in conjunction with the Historical Library Reading Room exhibit “From Distant Places to Dubuque Shores: 175 Years of Jewish Presence.”

Anolik, who has lived in Des Moines since 1956, was project director of the Des Moines Holocaust Survivors Project, which compiled video testimonials of Des Moines residents who survived the Holocaust. She married one of the Des Moines survivors, Charles Anolik.

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