Daughter of WWII Nazi to speak at Newman April 27

Apr 19, 2011

Newman University is co-sponsor and host of the Yom Ha’Shoah Community Commemoration, that will feature a lecture by Liesel Appel entitled “A Nazi’s Daughter Speaks Out; A Search for Self, Forgiveness and Justice.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the campus of Newman University. The program will include an interfaith memorial service, and is free and open to the public.

Born in Klingenberg, Germany, in the early 1940s, Appel discovered after World War II that her late father had been a German Nationalist, a zealot and an important member of the SS. She left her native Germany at age 17 on a quest to come to terms with the evil her parents had been party to, and to forge a new identity for herself. She now lives in the United States and is a philanthropist who has raised several million dollars for charities, mostly Jewish causes. Appel presents lectures and appears on radio, television and at many educational seminars and events, and has written two autobiographical books. Her mission is to get some measure of justice for Jews for the “bottomless pit” of evil committed by the German people.

The event is sponsored by Newman University, the Mid-Kansas Jewish Federation, Wichita State University, Congregation Emanu-El, Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation, Inter-Faith Ministries, and Global Faith in Action. For more information on Appel and the lecture, visit www.mkjf.org.