MURC Newsletter
April 28, 2021
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  • The Minneapolis University Rotary Club (MURC) meetings will follow CDC and local guidelines for resuming in person meetings.
  • The Rotary District conference was Saturday, May 1, in Brooklyn Park.
  • Erin Bagniewski and Carole Peterson have done great work to update our MURC website. Check out the changes that have been made to make our communications better for members and potential members.
  • MURC members have agreed to the following pledge:  
              As Rotarians, we pledge to
              improve the quality of human life,                protect the earth and all its 
              inhabitants, and serve our                            community and the world.
  • Bob Margolis is looking forward to hearing Janet Horvath share her story about music in the Holocaust.  Bob also noted that in 1969, he became a faculty member at Eastern Tennessee State University, and he recently re-connected with a friend and colleague from there.
  • Carole Peterson is thankful for having her son visiting from California.  She is looking forward to driving him back to Sacramento so she can assist him in settling into his new home.
  • Jean Westberg announced that she is grateful for what her husband John was able to accomplish to install and prime a new water pump in the cold weather at their lake home.
  • Randi Markusen reported she was glad to be back for our meeting.  She bought a house that was built in 1905 and has been updating it.  She is enjoying her life at her lake home.
  • Tsehai Wodaio talked about "Girls Education in Ethiopia."  Three of the girls in the program recently obtained scholarships for additional education in India.
  • Growing up in the Netherlands, Erik van Kuijik was impacted by the history of the Holocaust. He is looking forward to hearing our speaker today and how music was used during that time. He also recommended the movie "The Pianist," which was based on a Holocaust memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, a Holocaust survivor.
TODAY'S SPEAKER - Janet Harvath, Cellist, Writer, and Speaker
Piercing the Silence: Unearthing Family Secrets & Holocaust Memories Through Music
Ms. Horvath's parents were survivors of the Holocaust.  She told us the incredible story of how she came to learn about her parents' experiences during World War II.
Among the many things she learned was that after the war, Ms. Horvath's father was part of an orchestra of Jewish survivors that played more than 200 concerts in displaced persons camps throughout Bavaria. 
Two of these morale-boosting concerts, in Landsberg and Feldafing camps, were with the eminent maestro Leonard Bernstein at the helm, who conducted and played the piano solo of Rhapsody in Blue
Ms. Horvath learned of these performances in 2009, the last year of her father's life, and this became the catalyst for her journey of discovery, where she unearthed many family secrets about her parent's lives during the Holocaust.  Among many, many things, she learned of her father's time in a concentration camp, and of her mother's fraught existence, hiding from capture during the war. 
These discoveries allowed her, ultimately, to understand her own fraught childhood, and to take on the mantle of survivor-at-large to educate future generations about the ramifications of intolerance.
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Lori Simpson
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