As a prisoner of war held in Poland, Claude J. Letulle witnessed the notorious medical experiments conducted by the Nazis -- considered to be among the most atrocious acts ever committed. Letulle, who now lives in Jackson, La., will discuss his experiences in a special presentation at 7 p.m. Wed., July 18, at the Uptown Jewish Community Center (5342 St. Charles Ave.) The event is free and open to the public.
Letulle, author of the 1998 book Nightmare Memoir: Four Years as a Prisoner of the Nazis (LSU Press) is speaking in conjunction with Southern Institute for Education and Research's annual summer seminar for teachers, which is conducted by Southern Institute education director Plater Robinson. The Institute decided to open this talk to the public after hearing Letulle's story. "Joining the resistance after being held as a prisoner in camp was considered exceptional, because he was subject to immediate execution," says Denise Chetta, associate director of the Southern Institute. "Even that didn't deter this man from fighting the good fight."
The Jewish Community Center is a co-sponsor of the event. For more information, call 865-6100, ext. 4.
Contributors: Allen Johnson Jr., Michael Tisserand