Award-Winning Author to Discuss 1945 Holocaust Liberation at Oct. 24 University of Mobile Lecture

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Matthew Rozell Wrote ‘A Train Near Magdeburg’

Photo by Kris Dreessen, SUNY Geneseo.

Photo by Kris Dreessen, SUNY Geneseo.

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is sponsoring a presentation on the Holocaust by author Matthew Rozell, who will speak about his book, “A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust, and the Reuniting of the Survivors and Liberators, 70 years on.”

Rozell, an award-winning history teacher, author, blogger and speaker, will discuss the 1945 liberation of a train transport carrying thousands of sick and emaciated victims of the Holocaust. He is an advocate of the power of teaching and the importance of the study of history, especially the lessons that must be learned and taught on the Holocaust.

Rozell will speak at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Ram Hall. Admission is free. For more information, contact Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at or 251.442.2319. Following the presentation, Rozell will autograph copies of his book.

In his book, Rozell reconstructs a lost chapter of history ­– the liberation of a “death train” in Nazi Germany in the closing days of World War II. He took eye-witness accounts, survivor testimony and memoirs, as well as wartime reports and letters.

The presentation will include photographs taken by American troops of the Holocaust victims rescued from the train. Rozell will tell the true stories behind the 1945 photographs taken by soldiers who were there.

Rozell’s work resulted in joyful reunions on three continents, seven decades later.He has been featured as the ABC World News “Person of the Week.” His work has been filmed for CBS News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the New York State United Teachers and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rozell has a blog at

The lecture is made available through the generosity of SNCF (French National Railways) as a complement to the exhibit “Filming the Camps” provided by Mémorial de la Shoah at the History Museum of Mobile.


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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Trey Taulbee

Trey Taulbee

Trey oversees all facets of the university’s creative process, including photo, video, design, print and digital media. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM and his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. Prior to his current role, Trey worked in enrollment services and student life. Additionally, Trey co-owns a photography business with his wife, Michelle, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. He lives on Alabama’s eastern shore with Michelle, son, Jack and dogs Cammie & Malone.

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