In brief

Kidney Cancer Support group to meet

FLINT — The Kidney Cancer Support Group of Michigan will meet Sept. 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley cancer Institute, 302 Kensington. A discussion and video presentation on Arthritis will be held in the conference room of GHCI.

Details: Call 810-232-8233 or 810-762- 8226. — G.G.

Hospice provides grief support

FLINT — Heartland Hospice, 6211 Taylor Dr., provides, at no charge, on-going grief support for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Our purpose is to provide education about normal grief reactions, as well as a safe environment where feelings are validated and accepted. First and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments are provided.

Details: Call 888-427-6818. — G.G.

Holocaust Survivor to speak at Hero Round Table

FLINT — Auschwitz survivor Dr. Edith Eger will be speaking at the Hero Round Table, Sept. 19, from 12:30-6 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Whiting in Flint.

The Round table is the world’s largest conference on heroism, dedicated to creating heroes in today’s world.

Eger was 16 when Nazis took her and her family from their home in Hungary to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. She lost both parents there, was forced to perform ballet for camp guards, and was used as a human shield on Nazi munitions trains. Starving, she was left for dead in a mass grave where American soldiers found her.

Now a clinical psychologist, Eger says the secret to her survival was realizing that even though she was a prisoner, she still had power over her own mind.

“You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond to them,” she said. “And everyone has the power to change at any time.”

As Nazis discussed who to kill next, Eger recalls that she found herself praying — not for her sake, but for theirs.

“Somehow I would survive, but they would always have to live with what they had done.”

Educator Matt Langdon, the founder of the Hero Round Table, says this is a rare chance to meet one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors.

“The World War II generation is dwindling,” he said. “But they have a huge lesson to teach us. Edith shows that even in the most inhumane conditions possible, hope and optimism can lead to heroism.”

Morgan Felt will also be speaking at the conference about famous Holocaust rescuer Irena Sendler, as will Marion Smith, an expert on the victims of war and genocide. Other speakers include academics, athletes, storytellers and whistle blowers. — G.G.

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