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Houghton Mifflin Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day with Establishment of Gerda and Kurt Klein Scholarship.

BOSTON -- As the nation marks Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, Houghton Mifflin is proud to honor Holocaust survivor, author and humanitarian Gerda Klein and her liberator and husband, Kurt, with a $10,000 scholarship in their name. Brought together on the eve of liberation during World War II, the Kleins have since spent a lifetime advocating for religious and ethnic tolerance and an end to bigotry. Awarded annually, the Gerda and Kurt Klein Scholarship will be given to a high school student who works to foster religious and ethnic tolerance in his or her own community.

Houghton Mifflin shares a common mission with the Kleins: enlightenment through education. Gerda Klein has contributed her account of the Holocaust to Houghton Mifflin social studies and language arts textbooks--including the McDougal Littell texts, The Americans, The Language of Literature, and the historical reader, The Holocaust.

"Gerda is a piece of living history who cares deeply about education and about kids," said Rita Schaefer, president, McDougal Littell. "She supports numerous special causes, but they all tie into education--she strongly feels it's the only way to truly change the world."

As the population ages, the number of Holocaust survivors is decreasing every day, and it is important to do whatever possible to never let their stories be forgotten. Through the establishment of the Gerda and Kurt Klein Scholarship, Houghton Mifflin is striving to keep that legacy alive for generations to come.

About Gerda and Kurt Klein

Gerda's childhood was forever changed by the Nazi invasion in her quiet Polish town in 1939. After being separated from her family and spending three years in a work camp, Gerda was sent on a 300-mile death march on the eve of liberation. Abandoned by fleeing Nazi soldiers in a small Czech town, Gerda was greeted by the first friendly face she had seen in years: that of a young U.S. Army lieutenant, Kurt Klein. Lieutenant Klein, himself an escaped German Jew, became not only Gerda's liberator, but also the love of her life. The two were married one year later in Paris and were together for more than 56 years until Kurt's death in 2002. The Kleins' inspirational story is told in Gerda's autobiography, All But My Life, and is the basis of the Oscar[R]- and Emmy[R]-award winning HBO documentary, One Survivor Remembers.

About Holocaust Remembrance Day

According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum: "Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day that has been set aside for remembering the victims of the Holocaust and for reminding Americans of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred and indifference reign." Called Yom Hashoah on the Hebrew Calendar, Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place on the 27th of Nissan, which falls on April 15th in 2007.

About Houghton Mifflin

Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1.4 billion in sales. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. In 2006, Houghton Mifflin merged with Riverdeep, bringing together one of the most respected print publishers with the leader in interactive courseware. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. To learn more about Houghton Mifflin, visit www.hmco.com.
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