A sobering talk today by Dr. Gideon Frieder, retired Dean of GWU School of Engineering. On this, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp, he told us his story of birth in Slovakia, surviving the Holocaust (although his mother and sister and grandparents were killed). He was shot in a massacre and left for dead but rescued and protected by villagers for the remainder of the war until his father was able to find him.
In his talk, he shared evidence and discussion of the involvement of many European governments in cooperating with the Nazis in killing Jews before and during WWII. We also discussed the current rise in anti-semitism, especially in Europe.
Those who cannot remember past are condemned to repeat it.
Dr. Frieder is the author/co-author of books on The Holocaust and works with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He spoke of his own opinions. ... See MoreSee Less
Finally, I'm back at Vienna Rotary! Great meeting today and great guests. Gave away some donations including Northern Virginia Stop Hunger Now; guest Amy Xue brought a donation from Shen Yun; and our feature talk was from Steffen Kraus, Goalkeeper for the George Mason University Men's Soccer team. Rotary supports GMU athletics though the George C. Bitner Scholarship fund. Thanks GMU and Steffen! ... See MoreSee Less
Rotary is happy to have had a talk today by our friend and member Rep. Mark Keam. We appreciate the updates and insights into the operations and priorities of our state government. Lots of info on budgets; legislative evolution for new businesses like Uber; re-districting at the state level vs. the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision; college life, safety and alcohol; ethics in government; and more. Thanks Mark! ... See MoreSee Less
Another great Vienna Rotary meeting today! Our featured talk today was given by the Town of Vienna, represented by Mayor Laurie DiRocco, Director of Public Works Dennis Johnson and Mike Gallaher, Deputy Director. They had encouraging updates to traffic flow and planning; and discussion of citizen concerns and issues.
We were also very fortunate to be able to make donations to Let's Help Kids, a charity started by a child to help others in need; and to Cunningham Park Elementary School.
Thanks to all of you who attend Viva Vienna! which provides us the funds to make these donations in support of our community. ... See MoreSee Less