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Immaculata University Hosts Lecture by Ruth Hartz, Hidden Child During World War II

In the next lecture in its World Cultures Series, Immaculata University´s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will feature Ruth Hartz, who will speak about her experience as a hidden child during World War II. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center Lounge. A reception will follow.
Hartz is a dedicated speaker on the subjects of the Holocaust, tolerance, and prejudice. She and her family fled to southern France during World War II to hide from the Vichy French Police and the Gestapo. In order to keep her Jewish identity secret, she had to change her name to Renée. She spent time under the care of townspeople and then spent six months hiding in a small convent. The family survived the war and returned to Paris soon after they were reunited. Hartz later became a teacher of French language, literature, and culture at the Springside School in Philadelphia. Her time in hiding is the subject of a memoir, "Your Name is Renee," written in 1999 by Stacy Cretzmeyer. In 2005, a French translation of the book was published.
For more information about the lecture or the World Cultures Series, please contact Dr. Marisa Pereyra at mpereyra@immaculata.edu.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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