DECORAH — As a 14-year-old boy, Matthew Boger was beaten to a near-unrecognizable state and left for dead by a group of teenage Nazi-sympathizers. More than two decades later Boger found himself working with one of the people who attacked him.
He will tell his story of hate, hope and forgiveness at Luther College in a 2018 Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. March 6 in Luther’s Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
The event, free and open to the public, also includes a screening of the documentary “Facing Fear,” which chronicles the story of the confrontation between Boger and his attacker, their resulting collaboration and eventual friendship.
A Q&A session will follow the lecture and screening.
Boger is the general manager of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Boger met Tim Zaal, a former neo-Nazi, 26 years after Zaal committed a hate crime against Boger. Working together in the Museum of Tolerance, Boger and Zaal had a life-changing conversation, developed an unlikely friendship and now regularly share their story. Through their program “HATE 2 HOPE” they travel the country sharing their story of forgiveness.