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' Daily Nebraskan . Friday, December 12, 1986
Profo teaches HdDloeminist elmes
Livia Rothkirchin focuses on 'positive' aspects of Auschwitz
By Dorothy Pritchard
Livia Rothkirchin still bears the
number that Nazis branded on her left
arm when she was 22. She left the
concentration camps of Auschwitz in
1915, but the number and a desire to
teach the positive aspects of the
Holocaust remain with her.
Rothkirchin is a visiting professor of
Holocaust studies at UNL and UNO.
She is also an author, editor, historian
and leading researcher in the study of
But she didn't always intend to study
the Holocaust. It was a year of her life
she wanted to forget. It was a time
when she wanted to be in school, a time
to plan her future. Instead it was a
"It was a very horrible experience,"
she said. "Instead of being young and
studying and enjoying life, to be put
into a . . . well it was very horrible."
Her voice trails off as she remembers
the place where her parents were
killed, a place where plans were
"unreal." She refuses to elaborate on
her personal experiences though. She
doesn't believe her "emotional load"
has a place in her work. It would
compromise her objectivity as a historian
and a teacher, she said.
ASUN defers to Roskens
By Lee Rood
UNL student leaders say they did not
testify at the Nebraska Legislature's
budget-cut hearing last week because
of bad timing and their desire for the
university to be represented by one
ASUN President Chris Scudder and
Government Liason Committee Chair
man Andy Pollock said because they
had little time to prepare for the hear-
ing and they did not want to contradict
NU President Ronald Roskens, they felt
it best if he spoke for the entire
Scudder said that if she or other
students were to have gone to the hear
'one to the hear-
ing and only talk about
colleges, some might think they
care about the other colleges on cam
pus. By letting Roskens speak, Scudder
said, the university as a whole was
Pollock said he doesn't think he
hurt the university by not testifying
Pollock said committee members
could get the clearest view from Roskens
because he did not have enough time to
prepare for FridayVhearing.
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Resides. Rothkirchin believes there
has been too much focus on the negative
and not enough focus on the positive
aspects of the Holocaust. She tries to
teach the positive.
The "first wave" of literature after
the war dealt mainly with Nazi ideology
and racial prejudices, Rothkirchin said.
But the "second wave" deals with the
' . . . people created
music and poetry, while
even on the threshold
testimony of the survivors. It is this
outpouring of man's will to survive that
Rothkirchin tries to convey in her
"How people struggled, preserved
life, despite the dehumanizing efforts
of the Nazis. How people creat ed music
and poetry, while even on the threshhold
of death. That is what helped keep
Scudder and Pollock said they feel
they will be more successful by talking
to senators one-on-one than if they had
made speeches Friday.
"Taking the capitol by emotional
storm is not the way we are going to win
it this week," Scudder said. "It's one-on-one
conversatons that will win or
lose it for the university."
Both Scudder and Pollock said they
think students should try to contact
their senators to stop the proposed $1.6
million budget cut from being passed,
Former ASUN President Gerard
Keating, who helped organize several
Student group starts
petition to voice opinions
PETITION from Page 1
crowded classrooms and limited goals
condemns Nebraska to a mediocre
future. We call upon the state Legisla
ture to continue their commitment to
superior education, not as a luxury that
is nice only when it is easily affordable,
but as a necessary investment in our
futures and the future of Nebraska."
Caldwell said copies of the petition
will be distributed to state senators,
the governor and possibly the media
before the regular session.
Caldwell said he is tired of the uni
versity and students being scapegoats
when the budget needs to be balanced.
There needs to be a strong student
movement against cuts to higher edu
No matter how far away you roam
them alive. It showed man's will for
freedom," she said.
Rothkirchin said students today are
interested in the "human touch" of
"This makes us more palatable
the human touch. It's inspiring, it gives
you hope. It shows you there is some
thing in human beings you cannot
destroy," she said.
Rothkirchin, 63, said the" 15 years
she spent as editor of Yad Vashem
Studies in Jerusalem has been the
most gratifying of all her occupations.
Yad Vashem is the Israeli Holocaust
"I think as an editor, I helped to
integrate the history of the Holocaust
into the mainstream of literature," she
In 1950 she received a doctorate in
Slovak Studies and Anglo-American
literature from Charles University in
Prague, Czechoslovakia. She was a
visiting scholar at the Oxford Center
for post-graduate Hebrew studies, and
in 1961 she wrote her first book, "The
Destruction of the SlovakJew." She
received the Max Nordau Prize for
history in 1973 and has written entries
for the Judaica Encyclopedia, Her plans
are to finish her current book, "The
History of the Jews of Bohemia and
demonstrations against NU budget cuts
last year, said he thought students
should have been represented at the
But Keating said, "with these spe
cial sessions it's hard to put something
Keating said he plans to contact
Scudder soon to organize a major
demonstration in the spring against
"Until the students take a more
active role in demonstrating against
the cuts," Keating said, "the state
Legislature will continue to do so."
cation, which hasn't happened in the
past, he said.
Patricia Savage, a member of the
Young Democrats, said the group was
"horrified" when it found that none of
the student representatives at the uni
veristy were testifying at the Appropri
ations Committee hearing last Friday.
She said that several people who
signed the petition thanked the group
for giving them a chance to give sena
tors their opinion.
Caldwell said they sent petitions to
Wayne State College and Peru State
College but haven't received any re
sponse from either college.
The Legislature reconvenes today for
the final reading of LB1, which would
cut the state's budget by $6.5 million.
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