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Events during the annual Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series encompass a wide range of topics and audiences. Each fall, the university hosts local school children, who hear the first-hand experiences of genocide survivors. Small groups of Heidelberg students typically meet informally with the guest speakers, who also attend classes and participate in larger campus discussions. The series culminates with the presentation of a large-scale lecture during which the keynote speaker shares his or her personal experiences with the campus and the local community.

The lecture series, named in honor of Holocaust survivor James “Jimmy” Lichtman and Heidelberg alumnus Don Behm, ’51, one of Jimmy’s liberators. It honors both survivors and liberators of genocide. A generous gift to Heidelberg was made possible by Dr. John R. and Leslie M. (Hallstead) Behm, ’76, especially to honor Don Behm, John’s second cousin once removed.

The generous gift to Heidelberg from John and Leslie Behm will ensure that Heidelberg will be able to continue to provide students, faculty, staff and the local community with meaningful and thought-provoking learning about various examples of genocide annually by endowing the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series. The Holocaust will be revisited in alternating years, along with other examples of genocide.

Heidelberg invites your financial support of the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series. Your special gift helps cover travel expenses for the keynote speaker(s), food, lodging and an honorarium. Please direct your gift to “Genocide Awareness Week” or make your gift online today at

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