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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Girl who revealed ugly truths about German hometown topic of talk Girl who revealed ugly truths about German hometown topic of talk (June 02, 2004)

The fight for the truth by one young German woman whose story was later told in the film "The Nasty Girl" will be the topic of a June 5 presentation by Menlo Park resident Hans Dolezalek at the Menlo Park Library.

Mr. Dolezalek will present "One Brave Girl's Fight Against Racial Hatred: The Real-Life Heroine Behind the Film 'The Nasty Girl' " at 11 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room at the library, at 800 Alma St.

The "brave girl" is Anna Rosmus, who as a teenager in Passau, Germany, wanted to write about how bravely her home town had stood up to the Nazis, as was the common belief among the young in Passau, Mr. Dolezalek said.

But what she discovered when she researched the topic in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he said, was the exact opposite of what was commonly believed, and when she began to expose the truth, she became "the enemy of most of the town's people and many people in all of Germany," he said.

Now in his 90s, Mr. Dolezalek had been imprisoned in Nazi Germany for his work in the Radical Democratic Party, which opposed both the Nazis and the communists, he said. He has lived in the United States since 1961, and lived in Virginia when the Holocaust Museum was built in Washington, D.C., becoming a charter member.

It was there that he met Ms. Rosmus after hearing her give a speech. Now 43, she lives in Maryland and continues to lecture on Germany's Nazi past, Mr. Dolezalek said.

As part of the library presentation, Mr. Dolezalek's wife, Lotte Dolezalek, will read excerpts from Ms. Rosmus' book, "Out of Passau."

There is no admission charge for the program, and free van service is provided for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. For more information or to schedule transportation, call 330-2512, or contact Robert Roth at

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