World War 2 Presentation - 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.
Martin Luther College invites the community to join us as two gentlemen share memories of their unique experiences related to World War 2. In addition to this presentation, also plan to attend "World War 2 Memoirs or The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army" by Mr. Gene Schulz on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM in the MLC Auditorium. Both presentations are free of charge and will occur in the MLC Auditorium.
This presentation will also be streamed and archived at www.mlc-wels.edu/media/mlc-tv.