World War 2 Presentations
Martin Luther College invites the community to join us as two gentlemen share memories of their unique experiences related to World War 2. Both presentations are free of charge and will occur in the MLC Auditorium.
Tuesday, March 25 7:30 PM MLC Auditorium
Professor Emeritus Theodore Hartwig
Nazi Germany, 1938
What would it have been like for an American youth to visit Nazi Germany just one year before the invasion of Poland and the start of World War 2? Theodore Hartwig was just 16 going on 17 when he was offered the opportunity to travel to Germany and see what Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party were doing to unite the Germans and instill national pride. His story will give you an eye-opening look at history in the making that you won’t want to miss.
Hartwig is no stranger to New Ulm or the MLC campus. Having grown up in Hartland, Wisconsin, he enjoyed a Lutheran school education that included eight years at St John in Wauwatosa, eight years at Northwestern Prep and College in Watertown, and three years at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, where he graduated in 1947. He served as a parish pastor in Mound City, South Dakota, and Appleton, Wisconsin, before being called to teach history and theology at Dr. Martin Luther College in 1955. D/MLC alumni recall him with fond appreciation for his great knowledge, but also the passion he displayed in sharing the subjects he loved with the students he loved.
After 47 years of faithful service here on the hill, Professor Hartwig retired. Since retirement, he has stayed active contributing articles to Forward in Christ magazine, teaching mini-courses, and preparing theological essays, family histories, devotions, and studies of Scripture. Last spring, the Lord called his beloved wife, Lois, home to eternal glory after 65 years of marriage.
Tuesday, April 29 7:30 PM MLC Auditorium
Mr. Gene Schulz
World War 2 Memoirs or The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army
Growing up in Clintonville, Wisconsin, Gene Schulz clearly remembers listening to the radio with his family as President Roosevelt informed the nation that an attack had occurred on Pearl Harbor. As a recent high school graduate, Gene’s life was about to change. What most of us can only read about in history books, Gene lived: crossing the English Channel, serving as a typist in the war room, and witnessing the horrors of a concentration camp. Gene’s recollections and gifts for relating his memories will inspire you and leave you wanting to learn more.
After the war, Schulz returned home and earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. While there, Gene met his wife, Eleanore, and they were married in 1949. He worked as an investment research officer at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee for 36 years. Long-time WELS members, the Schulzes have been retired since 1988 and continue to live in Milwaukee. Gene and Eleanore love traveling the world together and, as an avid photographer, Gene has compiled and presented travelogues on many destinations.
Recently, Schulz was featured in the documentary Honor Flight: One Last Mission, which relates the story of Wisconsin veterans who journeyed to Washington DC to visit the memorial built in their honor. He has also self-published a book about his World War 2 experience titled The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army (Xlibris). The book will be available for purchase on site after the presentation or online at Amazon.com.