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Holocaust survivor story spread far and wide

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Henry Oertelt

Henry Oertelt

A podcast series developed by student radio station KVSC 88.1 FM to tell a Holocaust survivor’s story in a way that fits the learning style of today’s students is now being used not only at St. Cloud State, but in classrooms in such locales as northern Alberta, Canada.

The podcasts share the story of Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt’s journey from Berlin teenager during Hitler’s rise through his incarceration in five concentration camps and his eventual rescue by U.S. soldiers liberating Europe in 1945.

Now the series is being used to teach students at Fort McMurray Composite High School, where English teacher Krista Saunders’ ninth-grade students are studying Oertelt’s book, “An Unbroken Chain, My Journey Through the Nazi Holocaust.”

This spring KVSC arranged to “bring” Oertelt himself to the Canadian classroom by way of a teleconference. The Holocaust survivor made a presentation to St. Cloud State students – that event was telecast to the Canadian ninth-graders, who then interacted with Oertelt during a Q&A. Find the podcasts at www.KVSC.org.

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