Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2007

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Schreiner University Feb. 8
Beginning next week, Schreiner University is offering the community two very unique experiences centered on the Holocaust.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, a Holocaust survivor will be the featured speaker during Schreiner University’s Speak Truth to Power.

Helen Colin

Helen Colin will share her experience of surviving the Holocaust, her liberation from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, and the life that she led afterwards.  Her talk will be held in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This spring, Schreiner University will conduct a study abroad trip to Germany and Poland that is sure to be a profound experience for the participants.

From May 16 to May 28, a group led by Sara Schmidt, Schreiner assistant professor and special collections librarian, will travel with a holocaust survivor to visit and learn from some of the most infamous Nazi concentration camps of World War II.

Schmidt has studied in Germany and has worked at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. She has in-depth professional knowledge of the camps to be visited, including Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Ravensbruk, Treblinka, Tykocin, Plaznow, and Auschwitz, and as a student and professor of German language and culture, she will be teaching an Aesthetics Independent Study class during the trip. Schmidt will also be teaching another independent study course, ‘The Cultural Implications of the Holocaust.” Non-students may audit either or both courses by paying a small fee.

However, the trip will not be all about the Holocaust — long visits to Heidelberg, Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow will allow travelers plenty of free time or guided study opportunities. The excellent food in these diverse cities, the medieval historic districts for sightseeing, the excellent comfortable hotels, and the diverse opportunities to browse and shop all promise to add up to an intense but satisfying travel experience.

Cost of the trip includes roundtrip airfare, hotels, breakfast and dinner, transportation in country, and expert guide services.  Prices and details are available online here.

For more information, contact Martha York at 830-792-7352 or, or Sara Schmidt at 830-792-7337 or

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