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Hear the firsthand narrative of Holocaust survivor, Dr. Renate Neeman, at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 or Thursday, April 19. Born in Hildesheim, Germany in 1926, Neeman followed her parents to the Netherlands after her father received notification the Gestapo was planning to send him to a concentra- tion camp in 1938. Due to her father's poor health, they knew he would never survive in the camp and decided to flee. It was too dangerous to take Neeman at first so she stayed with her grandmother until her parents were able to send for her. The Nazis occupied the Netherlands in May 1940 and the situation for the Jews became hostile like it was in Germany. In 1942, her parents were notified that they had to serve a 3-month sentence because they did not pay the escape tax to leave Germany in 1938. Their request to serve consecutive sentences so one parent would be able to take care of Neeman was granted. After her father served his sentence, they decided to go back into hiding. The Dutch resis- tance placed her family members in separate locations so they were less likely to be detected. Neeman received false identity papers and "passed" by serving as an aide to a Christian family in Amersfoort. Her parents were hidden in a fraternity house at Amsterdam University. The family was reunited within weeks after WWII ended and immigrated to the United States in 1946 to join her older half-sister who had immigrated here in 1937. Neeman became an occupational therapist and moved to Buffalo, NY where she met her husband Dr. Moshe Neeman. Before moving to Cincinnati in 2014, she served as a speaker for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, NY. discover... BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY APRIL 2018 Discover Boone County Public Library ...because the world is at their fingertips and the world can be a scary place. L Boone County Public Library BCP Dr. Renate Neeman, Holocaust Survivor The Think Civility series continues at the Scheben Branch this month with a look at civility in political discourse on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.. With a new election season fast approaching, the heat- ed topic of politics rises to the surface. It seems now more than ever there is a deep polarization between the political parties. In fact, statistics seem to support this statement. In a recent poll conducted by Weber Shandwick in 2016 they found that 70 percent of people believe incivility has soared to crisis levels. We have invited former U.S. Representatives Geoff Davis (R) and Ken Lucas (D) to discuss their ideas on how we can better understand the views of others and begin to heal the political divide. Well-known Cincinnati radio personality Mike McConnell from 700 WLW will be here to moderate the discussion. Please join us to start this all important and much needed conversation in our community. "So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us." --John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, Washington D.C. Think Civility: Civility in Politics

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