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TitleHolocaust Survivor to Speak at USD Character Education Conference
ContactLiz Harman
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Holocaust survivor, author and public speaker Eva Olsson will speak at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Friday, June 22 at 1 p.m.

The topic of her speech is “Tolerance and Compassion: A Caring Approach to Teaching Students Good Character.”

During World War II, Olsson’s family was imprisoned in a ghetto and then shipped by boxcar to Auschwitz in May of 1944. Of her entire extended family of 89 people, only she and her youngest sister, Fradel, survived the death camps. Eva Olsson’s book

“Unlocking the Doors: a Woman's Struggle against Intolerance” is a bestseller in Canada where she emigrated in 1951.

The event is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Ninth Annual Character Development Conference hosted by the Character Development Center at USD.

For more information on the conference, go to

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.


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