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August 31, 2017

IPFW and The Temple Sponsor Holocaust Survivor Discussion with Bill Benson

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FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (IHGS) and Congregation Achduth Vesholom (The Temple) are sponsoring a discussion about Holocaust survivors by former journalist Bill Benson on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at the Rifkin Campus at 5200 Old Mill Road.

Benson interviews Holocaust survivors to chronicle their life stories in their own words through the First Person program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, uniting personal experiences with history in a powerful way. He will talk about his involvement in the program and his experiences when he is in Fort Wayne.

This is Benson’s 13th season hosting First Person, which is a weekly series of interviews with Holocaust survivors done in front of live audiences at the museum in Washington, D.C.

Benson is an expert on aging, having worked in aging and health for more than 40 years, and is a former undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While working as former staff director for the Senate Labor Subcommittee on Aging, he oversaw the successful reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1992.

IPFW’s IHGS has a satellite office at the Rifkin Campus that provides education outreach for grades K–12. The Institute and The Temple work together frequently to promote public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Congregation Achduth Vesholom (Unity and Peace) is Indiana’s oldest Jewish congregation and a charter member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

The event is free and open to the public, though free will donations to IHGS will be accepted. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so people should arrive early.

Benson will be available to the media for interviews prior to the event.

Additional support for the program comes from the Salon Foundation and StoryPoint Senior Living.

For more information, contact Steve Carr, director of the Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, at 260-481-6545 or