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Former Israeli Commando to Lecture at AASU

Savannah, GA—The Division of Student Affairs at Armstrong Atlantic State University will host speaker Yaron Svoray, a former Israeli commando and detective sergeant in the Israeli Central Police Command, which is similar to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations. In these roles, he gained the knowledge he later would use as an anti-terrorist fighter.

Svoray will make two presentations on Monday, November 12. He will present "The War on Terrorism" at 12:15 P.M. in AASU's Jenkins Theater and "In Hitler’s Shadow" at 7:30 P.M. in AASU's Fine Arts Auditorium.

The son of holocaust survivors, Svoray went undercover to infiltrate the German neo-Nazis under the identity of a Nazi supporter with the name of Ron Fury. Posing as a journalist from a United States right-wing magazine, Svoray claimed he wanted to not only report about the right wing, but he wanted to "polish up its image so it could gain credibility." The people in the organization accepted Svoray as one of them.

Svoray came into contact with key Nazi leaders, as well as a network of middle-class citizens who supported the cause of racial hatred. His discoveries about the extent of the Nazi stronghold and the support of local government were shocking. A book, In Hitler’s Shadow, as well as an HBO original film, "The Infiltrator," have both been based on his experiences inside the German neo-Nazis.

For more information about the November 12 lectures, contact AASU's Division of Student Affairs at 927.5271.

November 5, 2001


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