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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Henry Oertelt, European Holocaust survivor

Henry Oertelt, European Holocaust survivor

Earlier this year, KVSC 88.1 FM launched a series of 12 podcasts telling the story of Holocaust survivor Henry Oertelt’s journey from Berlin teenager during Hitler’s rise through his incarceration in five concentration camps and eventual rescue by U.S. soldiers liberating Europe in April of 1945. The radio station had developed the podcasts in order to deliver the story in a way that fits the learning style of today’s students.

The podcast is now being used to teach students in such locales as the northern reaches of Alberta, Canada, where Fort McMurray Composite High School ninth-graders are using the podcasts to enhance their study of Oertelt’s book, “An Unbroken Chain, My Journey Through the Nazi Holocaust.”

KVSC also arranged to “bring” Oertelt himself to the Canadian classroom by way of a teleconference. To make that possible, the Holocaust survivor, a Minnesota resident, returned to the St. Cloud State campus to talk to students. His presentation and the question and answer session that followed were telecast to the Canadian ninth-graders. Find the podcasts at www.KVSC.org .

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