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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 18, 2002 - 3A

Eichmann capturer
speaks at Holocaust
Conference at Hillel
As part of the Hillel 23rd Annual
Conference on the Holocaust, Peter
Malkin will discuss how he captured
Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann in 1960.
Malkin is a member of the Israeli espi-
onage and counterterrorism agency
Mossad. The talk will be held tomor-
row at 7:30 p.m. in East Hall, 525 East
University St.
Performance artist
imitates Browning
Performance artist and scholar Bar-
bara Neri will transform into Victorian
poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as she
performs "The Consolation of Poetry"
Neri will dress as Browning and, using a
combination of theater and performance
art, will explain the poet's life and char-
acter. The performance will be held Sat-
urday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Media
Union, 2291 Bonisteel Blvd.
Business School
seminar focuses on
finance strategies
Future entrepreneurs can attend a
Business School seminar this week to
learn how to build and finance a com-
pany in today's market. University fac-
ulty, Chief Executive Officers and
venture capitalists will speak at the sem-
inar, which focuses on raising funds in
technology and life sciences companies.
It will be held Friday through Sunday in
the Business School's Executive Educa-
tion Center in Sam Wyly Hall.
Serbia's democracy
without Milosevic
topic of lecture
The future of the former Yugoslavia is
the subject of "After Milosevic: Prob-
lems in the Consolidation of Democracy
in Serbia," a lecture by Oberlin College
sociology Prof. Veljko Vujacic. The talk
will be held Wednesday at noon in the
School of Social Work Building, 100
South University Ave.
Top environmental
issues in Ann Arbor
will be discussed
The Ann Arbor League of Women
Voters sponsor "The Top Environmen-
tal Issues in the Ann Arbor Area," a
lecture by Ecology Center executive
director Mike Garfield. It will be held
tomorrow at noon in the Michigan
League, Room Four.
Professor addresses
Crawford's influence
on gay male culture
A lecture titled "Mommie Queerest:
Joan Crawford and Gay Male Subjec-
tivity" will be presented by English
Prof. David Halperin. It will be held in
the Michigan Union Pendleton Room
at 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Prof. speaks on
China's national,
foreign policies
Political science Prof. Ken

Lieberthal will speak on "China:
Domestic and International Chal-
lenges" tomorrow at noon. The lecture
is sponsored by the Center for Chinese
Studies and will be held in the School
of Social Work Building, 1080 South
University Ave.
Cheese and fungi
experts discuss
importance of mold
Former Zingerman's cheese manager
Matthew Morgan and University
Herbarium fungi curator Robert Fogel
will discuss the connections between
their professions in "Fungus Among Us:
The Hidden Kingdom."
Cheese samples will be served at
the lecture, which will be held
Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Univer-
sity's Exhibit Museum, at the inter-
section of North University Avenue
and Geddes Avenue.
- Compiledby Daily Staff Reporter
Jordan Schrader

Survivor details Holocaust experiences

By Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporter
During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur of
1945, Jaap Polak attended services a; the
orthodox synagogue of his childhood in Hol-
land. Surrounded by unfamiliar faces, Polak
'said he felt uncomfortable, and stood in the
back of the temple because "praying is very
difficult for Holocaust survivors." But when
he was asked to move to the front of the tem-
ple, he said he was "hit with the horror of the
In a speech at Hillel Friday evening, Polak
said his experiences have made him a "happy
Holocaust survivor." One year after Polack's
marriage to his first wife, the Germans invad-
ed and conquered Holland in five days - an
attack which he said lead to the death of 79

percent of Holland's Jewish population. On
April 9, 1940, Polak rode a cattle car to West-
erbrok, the Dutch concentration camp consid-
ered "make-believe."
"Very few people know about the Dutch camp,"
Polak said. He considers himself privileged, being
sent to Westerbrok and Bergen-Belsen.
"(Westerbrok) had a hospital, a school ... almost
everything. It was a very normal life," Polak said. "I
was lucky to be sent to a concentration camp and
not a death camp.... Ninety percent were immedi-
ately killed at extermination camp."
Polak said he thinks of himself as a unique sur-
vivor because he had both a wife and girlfriend in
the camps. Polak met a girl before he was sent to
Westerbrok. Knowing his first marriage would end
shortly after the war, Polak courted his second wife,
Ina, through letters.
Polak said he "had a relationship done in letters

because (he) couldn't see her." There were times Polak said. "Now,
Polak wrote on toilet paper when he had nothing offers courses. We'v
else. The Dutch love letters between the Polaks the Holocaust."
were translated into English with the help of their "There can neve
daughter and are now published in a book, "Steal a cannot be told," he s
Pencil for Me." lievable it is almost
"How many diaries of the camps are there?" he viving was 97 p
asked the audience. willpower." He said
Polack said when he questioned how many ence everyday. But
diaries of Holocaust survivors' experiences were in has not had "hat ma
existence, he was forced to publish the book. "I am a fortunat
Polak said he and other prisoners had no knowl- Polak said. A film
edge about the Nazis' extermination camps. be released next yea
Polak currently tours the country recounting Polak's lecture w
his experiences to different audiences. He the Holocaust that c
feels it is "unbelievably difficult to speak Conference co-c
about the Holocaust," but says it offers impor- "(Survivors) are ge
tant lessons. there won't be anyl
"In 1975, no one talked about the Holocaust," the story firsthand."
-SG candidates

every college and university
ve come a long way in teaching
r be too much. The real story
aid. "The Holocaust is so unbe-
t impossible," Polak said. "Sur-
ercent luck and 3 percent
d he is reminded of his experi-
t unlike other survivors, Polak
ny nightmares."
e man, hopes can come true,"
version of the Polaks' story will
vas a part of the Conference on
oncludes tomorrow night.
hair, Jacqueline Wulwick said
etting older and in a few years
left. ... It's our chance to hear

On Broadway


J^O"N "RM"/DilY
Music junior Stan Bahorek plays piano while Music senior David Roth turns
pages as members of the Musical Theatre Department sing some of their
favorite Broadway tunes at the Michigan League on Saturday.
Bierbauer discusses
news, entertain-ment

for diver
By Annie Gleason
Daily Staff Reporter
While the two opposing presidential,
candidates running for election in the]
upcoming LSA-Student Government
race plan to address similar issues,
including improved Graduate Student
Instruction and greater interaction with
student groups, they have different
views on how the government should be
Blue Party candidate Gwen Arnold
said she is stressing the importance of
experience and the need to keep the
government's scope of interest focused
strictly on academics.1
Monique Luse, presidential candi-
date for Students First, said diversi-
ty of representatives - not
experience strictly within LSA-SG I
- is key to the success of the gov-4
ernment. She also expressed her
intentions to broaden the scope of
the student government outside of
academic-related issues.
Arnold said the experience of Blue
party candidates is a definite
strength, since its members are often
"We know how LSA-SG and the
administration functions," she said.
Students First wanted to have candi-
dates representing all areas of campus,J
regardless of whether they had past
experience with LSA-SG. Luse said she
believed experience outside student
government was just as important, how-

siy, expenence
ever, because candidates will be more in LSA-SG has been, very focus
tune with the needs of the groups they academic issues," she said.'
are involved with. deal with all parts of a student
"Almost all of our candidates who Greater student involven
have not been involved in student gov- interest in student governm
ernment have been very involved (in issue both parties plan to targe
other groups) on campus," she said. "We want to appoint a lot n
"We plan on being responsive to your elected students to committe
needs throughout the year.... We're not up a system where certain re
going to decide for you." tives go to certain student g
Student First candidate, Tania campus," Arnold said. "Thi,
Brown, said being a minority stu- will have a better knowledge
dent and a member of the Christian their needs are."
community gives her a unique Luse also said she believe
insight into the needs of those LSA-SG meetings in the resid
groups. "I would be best able to would attract more student
bring those perspectives to the gov- She said many students whor
ernment," she said. an interest in attending meetin
RC sophomore and Blue Party candi- come because they don't kni
date Jill Barkley created the RC Student they are being held.
Cooperative, which addresses RC-spe- Other issues that ar
cific issues, last semester. She said she addressed in the upcoming
plans to continue to represent the RC if are improvement of GSI in
elected this semester. and the addition of more
"A big issue for the RC as a whole is computing in more LSA b
now having grades," she said. "It is Blue Party initiatives in
more helpful for RC students to have expanded meal plan, impro
evaluations for important RC classes." versity transportation, a lat
A second issue the two candidates Break and the implement
differ on is the extent to which LSA-SG the Sophomore Initiativ
should get involved with student life would link sophomore stud
outside of academics. advisors ba'se d on their
Arnold said an important task for her, interest ,among other thing
if elected, would be "keeping the focus Students First plans on lob
on academics and LSA services rather more internship opportunitie
than politics." dents, expanded advising, ch
Luse expressed an interest in broad- campus Ethernet access
ening the scope LSA-SG. "In the past, prevention of a tuition hike.

ed-on just
"It should
's life."
ment and
ent is an
more non-
es and set
groups on
s way we
e of what
d holding
ence halls
may have
ngs do not
ow where
e being
xlude an
oved Uni-
er Spring
tation of
e, which
ents with
area of
bbying for
s for stu-
eaper off-
and the


By Leslie Ward
Daily Staff Reporter

he believ
the impo

Hollywood's depiction of the inner- "Ther
workings of Washington through televi- about 'N
sion shows such as "The West Wing" is not ab
and "First Monday" has merit, Charles nence," h
Bierbauer said in a lecture at the Alum- Bierba
ni Center Friday. ever-cha
Bierbauer, who covered the Supreme and how
Court for Cable News Network and makingn
became their senior White House corre- on netwc
spondent in 1992, is now an advisor to "Myc
CBS for the show "First Monday." He might c
said his move to Hollywood has allowed undermi
him to see the difference in impact grammi
between Hollywood and Washington. care? Ii
"Last year I could count on per- concern
haps half-a-million viewers seeing tial new,
my coverage. This year, each episode discusse
of "First Monday" has been attract- the govt
ing an average of 10 million view- ciallyn
ers," he said. "Can we learn anything Afghani
from the way Hollywood portrays "Unti
the government? I think we can. had die
"Working in Hollywood is an eye- can sol
opening change. I'm not expected to going o
follow a script -I wouldn't do that," he Qaida is
said. "Does Hollywood take dramatic tagon a
license? Of course." But television news and con
is not exempt from creating illusions, Bierb
Bierbauer reminded his audience. of jourr
"Television in particular gets caught how th
up in the celebrity. TV gets its attention terroris
focused in places it doesn't need to be, which 1
places it shouldn't." Bierbauer high- interact
lighted the recent attempt of ABC to hardert
replace "Nightline" with "The Late are less
Show with David Letterman." He said willingt

ves the battle between news and
nment has nothing to do with
irtance of a news program.
re is no question in my mind
ightline's' relevance. This battle
bout relevance, it's about emi-
he said.
auer went on to talk about the
nging nature of television news,
v the increased importance of
money has had negative effects
ork news.
concern is that the networks
ontinue on a path where they
nine their journalistic pro-
ing," he said. "Should you
think the public should be
ed about the loss of substan-
vs programs." Bierbauer also
ed the relationship between
ernment and the media, espe-
regarding the coverage of
1 last week, more journalists
d in Afghanistan than Ameri-
diers. Tangential to the battle
n between the U.S. and al-
s the battle between the Pen
nd the media about access
trol," he said.
auer talked about the history
nalists in covering wars, and
e nature of the war against
im has changed the way in
the government and media
. "Controlling the media is
to do when the battle lines
defined and journalists are
to take the risks," he said.

r I

dies at the age of 79

By Shoshana Hurand
Daily Staff Reporter

Remembered for his contributions to
the University's architecture program
and his dedication to his students, for-
mer Architecture Prof. Emeritus Edward
Olencki died Thursday at age 79.
Olencki came to the University in
1948. During his 40-year tenure he spe-
cialized in the design of homes and
"He had the only hands-on design
course at the time," said his son Thomas
Olencki, who added that students
described his father as a rigorous and
fair teacher, who spent a lot of time
working with pupils.
Architecture Prof. Joseph Lee, who

worked alongside Olencki during his
tenure at the University, said Olencki
enjoyed teaching and possessed a pas-
sion for his work.
Olencki studied with and worked for
Mies van der Rohe, a renowned archi-
tect, from 1947-1948.
A scholar of the modern school of
architecture, Olencki was one of van der
Rohe's first students to attend his classes
in Chicago, eventually receiving a bach-
elor's and master's degree from the Illi-
nois Institute of Technology.
After his retirement from the Univer-
sity in 1987, Olencki and his wife Irene
donated several blueprints designed by
van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright to
the University's Taubman College of
Architecture and Urban Planning.

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