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December 6, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Hosts December Naturalization Ceremony

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation welcomes 24 citizen candidates during the Naturalization Ceremony 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in a ceremony in the Historic Area’s Hall of the House of Burgesses in the Capitol Building.

Frank Shatz, a retired journalist, will be the guest speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony. Born in Czechoslovakia, he was forced into a Nazi slave labor camp during World War II. He escaped and joined the anti-Nazi underground in Hungary. After his homeland was liberated, he returned to his hometown. He became a foreign correspondent based in Prague and eventually fled with his wife, Jaroslava Shatz, to the United States. He first served as foreign news editor for the Hungarian Daily in Cleveland. Later, together with his wife, he established a retail business in Lake Placid, N.Y. After retiring from business, he became a columnist on international affairs for the Virginia Gazette.

For his service to the College of William and Mary and the community, Shatz received the Prentis Award. In 2001, the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution commending Shatz for “his heroic actions during World War II and his contribution to the Reves Center for International Studies.” In 2003, the Americanism Medal, the highest award given by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to a naturalized citizen, was presented to Shatz. The story of Shatz’s survival and rescue mission during World War II, is the subject of a chapter in a new book, “Heroes of the Holocaust,” authored by Allan Zullo.

Shatz divides his time between Williamsburg, Va., and Lake Placid, N.Y.

The Honorable Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Virginia, will preside.

Colonial Williamsburg President Colin G. Campbell will welcome guests and the citizen candidates.

Jane Hanson will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Following the ceremony, kindergarten students from Williamsburg Christian Academy will present plants to the new citizens.

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Williamsburg Chapter), who will participate in the program, co-sponsor the ceremony. This event marks the 36th anniversary of the ceremony sponsored by the Foundation and the Daughters of the American Revolution

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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