"Life in Nazi Germany: 1936" Roundtable Discussion

For immediate release August 20, 2004



Sarah Oltrogge, (515) 281-4011

Des Moines, Iowa

"Life in Nazi Germany: 1936" Roundtable Discussion
Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Free
State Historical Museum, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines

With the backdrop of the summer Olympic Games in Athens, and the national touring exhibition "THE NAZI OLYMPICS Berlin 1936" now on display at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Jewish Historical Society present "Life in Nazi Germany: 1936."

This unprecedented panel discussion will bring together survivors of the Holocaust who now live in Iowa to share their stories. The panel participants are:

Herbert and Ruth David of Ames
Warner Berg of Des Moines
Peter Pintus of Des Moines
Richard Peterson of Council Bluffs
Fred Lorber of Des Moines (Moderator)

Each of the panelists were children living in Germany in 1936 who were able to escape the conditions of Nazi Germany as it gained power. They will share their harrowing experiences of escape, as others were left behind. They will also discuss the emotions surrounding the 1936 Olympic Games, largely seen as part of a propaganda effort to dispel international concerns about Germany’s planned remilitarization program, and to mask the German government’s policies of discrimination and persecution, which had begun shortly after Hitler’s ascension to power in 1933.

THE NAZI OLYMPICS Berlin 1936 exhibition, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be on display through Sept. 30. Visiting hours of the museum are: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed Mondays after Labor Day); and Sunday, noon-4:30. Admission is free. Call 515-281-4011 for more information or visit www.iowahistory.org.


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