March 9 Learning in Retirement topic will be suffering in Siberian work camps


Contrary to what we published in our March 7 print issue, the program for the March 9 session of Learning in Retirement is titled, “My Aunt’s 11 Years in Siberian Forced Labor.”

Author Katie Funk Wiebe will talk how suffering received a new face when thousands of Germans caught in the aftermath of World War II were shipped like cattle into exile to face hunger, frigid cold and religious restriction.

Wiebe will share the remarkable story of her aunt, Aganeta Janzen Block, who suffered through the rigid cold, hunger and religious restriction and survived life in the atheistic Soviet Union, including exile to Siberia. Through translated diaries, letters and personal interviews, join Wiebe as she unfolds this amazing biography.

Wiebe is an educator and one of the most prolific authors among the Mennonite Brethren. Her teaching career was in English at Tabor College where she served from 1966-1990 and holds the title of professor emeritus.

Learning in Retirement meets at 9:50 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Registration for the entire semester of presentations is $15 for an individual or $29 per couple. Admission for an individual session is $4.

LIR participants can take in lunch in the college cafeteria following the program for an additional fee of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 620-947-5964, or conniei@tabor.edu. The semester schedule can be found at tabor.edu/about-tabor/learning-in-retirement.­

The program we highlighted in our March 7 issue is scheduled for March 16. Susie Haver of Concordia will present a light-hearted presentation, “Aprons, The Great American Cover-up,” which should trigger memories of growing up.


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.