Press Release for Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Journalist Discusses 'Nazi Hunter' Novel and Free Press at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102


Author and journalist Alan Elsner will discuss his experience in Eastern Europe, teaching journalism and advancing a free and democratic media at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14, Room 1601-1602). He will also discuss his new thriller novel “The Nazi Hunter” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Room 1314). Both events are free and open to the public.

In his Wednesday lecture, Elsner, senior editor and former national correspondent for Reuters News Service, will discuss “Free Press and Free Market: Transitions in Eastern Europe,” which highlights his latest experience as a Knight International Press Fellow. During his fellowship, he taught journalism to professionals and university students in Romania, Hungary and Moldova, countries transitioning to a free market economy with a free press.

Elsner has 30 years experience in journalism, covering stories ranging from the September 11 attacks on America and the crisis in the Middle East to the 2000 presidential election and the end of the Cold War. He began his journalism career in 1978 as a reporter for The Jerusalem Post.

In the Thursday lecture, he will discuss his new thriller novel “The Nazi Hunter,” which has been nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal of the American Library Association. Elsner puts all the knowledge and experience gained in his international career reporting the world’s top stories into his new novel.

“The Nazi Hunter” is an exciting thriller about the search for ex-Nazis living in the U.S. that weaves together Washington politics, right-wing militias, classical music and romance. Elsner has authored two other books. His widely-acclaimed first book, “Gates of Injustice,” focused a harsh spotlight of truth on America’s prison system and his second book, “Guarded by Angels,” is a memoir of survival and resistance during World War II.

For more information about both events, contact Dr. Pam Zeiser at (904) 620-1931 or Dr. Shira Schwam-Baird at (904) 620-1248.


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