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'The Story of Divided Lives' presented at Ohio University Lancaster

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Inspired by the experiences of her paternal family, Cynthia Crane will describe the dramatic true stories of girls and women who endured persecution because of their mixed religious heritage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts at Ohio University Lancaster Campus.  

Most attention on the Holocaust rightfully focuses on the plight of Jews in concentration camps, but not all victims of Nazi persecution were put to death.  Many survived, according to Crane, lost in social and political limbo, shunned by friends, neighbors, and often family because of their 'mixed' religious heritage.  Hundreds of thousands of mischling (half-breed) children found themselves socially isolated because a parent of grandparent was Jewish.

Crane chronicles her journey and those she interviewed.  She wrote "Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women in Nazi Germany" and is an associate professor of English at the University of Cincinnati.                                     

The presentation, sponsored by the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Cultural Events Committee and The Ohio Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

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Media Contact:  Cultural Events Committee Chair Patrick Munhall, 740-654-6711, ext. 659

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