Holocaust Institute to honor Anne Frank’s diary keeper


DAVENPORT — A one-act play featuring Judy Winnick as Miep Gies will highlight the Holocaust Institute at St. Ambrose University Oct. 29. Gies provided a hiding space in Amsterdam for Anne Frank and her family during World War II, ultimately saving her diary and giving it to Anne’s father, Otto – the sole survivor of the Frank family – after the war.

Winnick, a former teacher, regularly portrays extraordinary women from World War II history. “These women inspire me with their courage, humility, compassion and the message that one person can make a difference,” she said.

The Holocaust Institute will take place in the Rogalski Center. Registration is 4-5 p.m. Hors D’oeuvres will be served at this time, and guests can participate in a book fair and explore exhibits. Winnick will perform from 5-6 p.m. and answer questions. Following a 15 minute break, a movie segment about the Holocaust will be shown from 6:15-6:30 p.m. During the final hour of the institute, a panel discussion will take place with Holocaust scholars on the topic, “What can one person do to make a difference?

The event is sponsored by the Rauch Family Foundation II, Inc; Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities; St. Ambrose University and Holocaust Education Committee of the QC. There is no cost to attend.For more information, contact Allan Ross at (309) 793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org


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