September 11 Programming
Bill Erbes

    This is an invitation to participate in a totally free
    event that will take place on September 11 and that will
    be, I believe, of special interest to teachers and
    librarians. As we are a public library in Illinois with
    absolutely no budget to give this event the publicity it
    deserves, we are hoping you will share the information
    with anyone you think might have an interest.

    On September 11, 2006, the Bensenville Community Public
    Library District (a Chicago suburb) will present Marion
    Blumenthal Lazan live and in real time to anyone with an
    Internet connection. To participate, you merely install a
    small program (it loads in about 20 seconds), turn on your
    computer's speakers, then sit back and listen to Marion.
    If you also have a microphone attached to your computer,
    you will be able to speak with her and ask questions

    As a girl, Marion and her family were trapped in Hitler's
    Germany, and they spent six and a half years in refugee
    and concentration camps, including Westerbork in Holland
    and Bergen-Belsen in Germany. They were in a cattle car
    on their way to Auschwitz when they were finally liberated
    by Russian troops.

    Now in her seventies, Marion is devoting the rest of her
    life to telling her story. She knows that in a few years
    there will be no Holocaust survivors left, yet what
    happened must never be forgotten. Her story does not
    dwell on the horror of what she experienced. Instead, her
    message is one of hope and optimism in the face of
    extraordinary hardship. She implores us to be kind to one
    another, to embrace diversity, to always retain hope, to
    respect one another, and to never look away from
    intolerance and cruelty. Could there be a more powerful
    or appropriate message on September 11?

    Marion will speak to the children of the world on
    September 11, 2006, at 2:00 p.m., eastern time. She will
    speak for about 30 minutes, and she will then take
    questions. She will be speaking in an online auditorium,
    and there is no charge whatsoever to listen. Our hope is
    that thousands of children and their teachers will spend
    that hour on September 11 with Marion. She will tell a
    story of courage, hope, and the will to survive. Your
    students (and you) will be mesmerized and inspired.

    For more information, including directions for registering
    for the program and logging onto the website where the
    online auditorium is located, please just reply to this
    message to: or to: and we will respond with the
    information. You may also look at:
    for more information.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them
    to me, Bill Erbes,, and I will do my
    best to provide an answer.

    We believe there will be much interest in this event if
    only we can get the word out that it will be happening.
    Any help you can offer in spreading the message will be
    most appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Bill Erbes
    Assistant Library Director
    Bensenville Community Public Library District
    200 S. Church Road
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    (630) 766-4642

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