Tuesday, April 16, 2013

[426] WWII veteran to educate MTSU students on horrors of genocide


EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081, gina.logue@mtsu.edu

MURFREESBORO — A World War II veteran will explain the Nazi regime by sharing his memories and a compelling photo presentation with MTSU students.

“An American Soldier at Ohrdruf” is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Room 201 of the Student Union Building.

Murfreesboro resident T. Guy Fortney, a retired physician, was a member of the U.S. Army’s Fourth Armored Division when the unit entered Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp, in April 1945.

Fortney was born and grew up in Harlan, Ky. After earning his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1951, he moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., and practiced family medicine.

In 1972, Fortney was hired as Union Carbide’s corporate medical director and moved to Danbury, Conn. After retiring in 1989, he moved back to Oak Ridge. In 2011, he came to Murfreesboro to live.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by MTSU’s Jewish and Holocaust Studies Program. The photographs that will be shown are graphic and explicit in nature. Adults are advised not to bring children under age 18.

For more information, contact Dr. Elyce Helford, director of the program and MTSU English professor, at 615-898-5961 or elyce.helford@mtsu.edu. For parking information, go to http://tinyurl.com/MTParkingMap12-13.


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