Mission Square is pleased to host Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes offered by The University of Kansas Department of Continuing Education!


Tuesdays February 21st, 28th & March 7th * 2-4pm

Triumph over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors

Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance–the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land.


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, is the author of 19 books. This course is based on her book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. The fact that she knew both men makes this a very special course!.


Tuesdays April 11th, 18th & 25th * 2-4pm

Roosevelt & Truman: Two Wartime Presidents–A Comparison and Contrast

World War II and their plans for post-war recovery in Europe and Asia. We will compare and contrast how FDR was elected four times while Truman struggled to get elected in his own right. We’ll also examine the style and flourish of FDR versus the quiet and reserved Truman. We will review the issues of the time–the Manhattan Project, integration of the Armed Forces and dealing with Stalin and the oncoming Cold War with the We’ll study the styles of leadership of two American presidents as they dealt with the day-to-day issues of Communists. Finally, we’ll look at how the White House changed during Roosevelt’s and Truman’s terms in office.


Russ Hutchins, teaches U.S. History, Western Civilization, and Economics at Friends University-Topeka. He is a retired public school administrator and educator of 41 years.

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