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Miami prof helping Holocaust survivors

Staff Report

OXFORD — A Miami University professor has decided to help Holocaust survivors tell their stories.

Ben Voth, director of forensics and associate professor of communication at MU, is leading workshops on public speaking through the Survivor Affairs/Speakers Bureau of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“I’m passionate about people having their voice,â€? Voth said.

Voth has led two workshops in Washington, working with about 30 to 40 survivors in each session. He will return to lead two more this summer.

His topics include audience adaptation, contemporary anti-Semitism and contemporary genocide, and the Holocaust. Individuals are given a choice of questions to answer in impromptu talks, with their presentations videotaped for later discussion and analysis.

“I’ve been very impressed by their abilities,â€? said Voth of the survivors, “and they are very familial and friendl