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Duquesne Professor Receives Third Telly Award for This Year

Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor of journalism and multimedia arts, has received his third Telly Award this year.

His short video, Poland-Classrooms Without Borders, earned a 2012 Bronze Award in the Non-Broadcast Productions History/Biography category. It follows a group of teachers who traveled to Poland in May 2011 to study the Holocaust and explores the importance of the Classrooms Without Borders programs.

"I interviewed teachers and students in Poland to get their thoughts on what it was like to actually be standing in places like Majdanek and Treblinka," said Woytek.

Supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, many volunteers and others, the film was selected from nearly 11,000 entries by a team of international judges reviewing work from all 50 states and give continents.

Woytek, a native of Erie and resident of New Kensington, also received Telly Awards this year for Memory: A Holocaust Survivor's Story and We Are All Immigrants.

This summer, Woytek will travel to Poland again to document the return of another Holocaust survivor, witnessed by high school students from the Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, areas and some teachers. During the last days of the Treblinka concentration camp, about 300 prisoners escaped; only two survived, and Woytek plans to interview a 92-year-old survivor.

Duquesne student journalist Emily Farah of Greensburg will report on the event for Essential Public Radio.

In a separate project, Woytek will film those who teach about Israel as they visit the country. He blogs about his work at www.woytek.org

Woytek has received Telly Awards for many other documentaries, including Christ Our Hope: The Pilgrimage of the Pope, Josh Gibson: The Man Behind the Plate and a look at Medjugorje,A Journey of Faith.

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