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Judith Meisel, subject of the film, Tak for Alt, will discuss her life’s work

Judith Meisel, as a child
Judith Meisel, today

NORFOLK, Va. – (April 10, 2006) – Tidewater Community College presents concentration camp survivor and civil rights activist Judith Meisel in two talks about her life experiences combating bigotry and racism. She will speak at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Pungo Building Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus, and at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk.

Lithuanian born, Meisel and her sister escaped a death march from Stutthoff concentration camp in 1945. Involved in education throughout her life, Meisel participated in the Civil Rights Movement and was involved in the March on Washington where she met Martin Luther King Jr. She has received numerous awards, including the 1994 Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Her life experiences are documented in the film, Tak for Alt (Thanks for Everything), which includes filming at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

TCC invites and welcomes the public to the free, first come, first-served event. No reservations or tickets are required. For campus directions to the talks, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122. To know more about Judith Meisel through the movie about her life, Tak for Alt, visit the web site,

Meisel’s talks come to TCC through a partnership with The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit