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Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218

Holocaust Survivor, Elie Wiesel, Speaking in Kansas City September 24

Kansas City, MO -- September 1, 2000

Nobel prize winning author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel will be in Kansas City Sunday, September 24 as the guest of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City.

Wiesel's speech titled, On the Threshold of a New Century, is on the topic of tolerance and will be presented during a public forum at 7 p.m., in the Imperial Ballroom of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown hotel at 200 W. 12th Street. Tickets are $10 each and are available through the CENTRAL TICKET OFFICE, 816-235-2700 or www.umkc.edu/cto. Several of Wiesel's books will also be available for purchase at the lecture.

A noted author, educator and lecturer, Elie Wiesel was imprisoned at the age of 16 in Nazi concentration camps where his family perished.

Following World War II, he studied at the Sorbonne and later became a correspondent for American, Israeli and French newspapers. Wiesel is a prolific author, having written more than 40 books primarily on the Holocaust, its impact and the importance of remembering it.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for fighting injustice worldwide.

Wiesel strongly believes that hate and injustice are continuing dangers in the new century. "I think that fanaticism is the real danger threatening the twenty-first century, be it religious or political. Those who sow it today are provoking tomorrow's catastrophes." Wiesel said recently. As we face the disquieting, implacable rise of intolerance and fanaticism on more than one continent, it is our duty to expose the danger. By naming it. By confronting it."

Wiesel's appearance is made possible through a generous grant to the Truman Library and Institute by Sir Arthur Gilbert and The Gilbert Foundation. Sir Gilbert is a distinguished real estate developer and investor who is committed to working with others in creating a more tolerant world.

The evening is sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and Institute and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, in association with the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee and the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education. The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education's participation has been made possible by a grant from the Tension Envelope Foundation, in memory of E.B. Berkowitz and Walter J. Berkowitz.

The Arthur Gilbert Lecture has received additional generous support from The Richard M. & Carol H. Levin Foundation, Trish Uhlmann, Jacob & Frances Brown, The Francis Gershon Foundation, Stanley J. Bushman Philanthropic Fund, Charles M. Helzberg Philanthropic Fund, Ed & Karen Porter, Defamco, Inc., Thomas W. & Molly Levitt, David and Sylvia Radasky with Benny and Susan Harding, and Midwest Airlines.

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is to serve those in need and strengthen Jewish identity and renewal in Kansas City, Israel and throughout the world.

The Truman Library Institute is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation operating for more than 40 years as partner with the Presidential Library to fulfill the library's commitment to research and education. The Institute is funded by annual memberships and contributions from a variety of individuals and organizations with the mission to assist in making the Truman Library one of the finest institutions in the country.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. Beginning Labor Day the Museum will be temporarily closed for renovations from September 5 through early next year.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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