Holocaust hero honored at UMD

The work of an award-winning American journalist and author will be honored by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration this year.
Sheila Isenberg, also an adjunct faculty member at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., presents “Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Israel, 1600 E. Second St.

Varian Fry was a well-educated antifascist who arrived in Marseille in the fall of 1940, wanting to assist Europe’s intellectual elite. His efforts resulted in the rescue of more than 1,500 artists, writers and philosophers including Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt and sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, whose work “Sieur du Lhut” (Sir Du Luth) presides over UMD’s Ordean Court. The book the talk is based on, “A Hero of our Own: The Story of Varian Fry,” was released in 2001.

Isenberg’s 2011 book, ”Muriel’s War” also deals with a Holocaust-era story. The Baeumler-Kaplan event was postponed twice last spring because of weather.