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September 26, 1997


BALTIMORE - The critically acclaimed film, Nasty Girl, which examines anti-Semitism and Nazi persecution will be screened at UMBC's MindFest at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Author Anna Rosmus, whose life work serves as the basis of the film, will speak about her experiences as part of the screening. MindFest events are free and open to the public.

Rosmus, from Passau, Germany, uncovered her hometown's hidden Nazi past while writing an essay for a contest as a teenager. For thirteen years she has dedicated her life to uncovering and documenting the anti-Semitism and Nazi history of her hometown in Bavaria. Rosmus has researched, located and published the stories and artwork of Jews who were exiled from Passau and she works tirelessly against the neo-Nazi movement and the extreme right in Germany.

Her latest book, Wintergreen: Suppressed Murders , documents the atrocities in her hometown at the end of the war including the slaying of 2,000 Soviet prisoners, the murder of slave laborers' infants and the efforts to change memorials to victims so that Nazi horrors would be forgotten. Rosmus has endured verbal abuse, death threats and lawsuits in response to her dedication to the memories of those who faced Nazi persecution. She has published several other books and was the subject of a 60 Minutes interview which aired last January.

The screening and lecture, co-sponsored by the UMBC German Club and the Student Events Board, are part of MindFest, an annual celebration of the power of ideas and information. UMBC invites the Baltimore-Washington community to the daylong festival to challenge and explore its outstanding resources, faculty and students.

For more information about MindFest or the screening please call 410-455-2902 .

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Posted by dwinds1 at September 26, 1997 12:00 AM