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Dr. Elizabeth Laizner was born in 1915 in Austria but left for America due to the Nazi invasion in 1938. She earned her doctorate at the University of Vienna. Upon arriving in New York City, she worked as a maid, a nanny, and a secretary. Laizner later moved to Greensboro in 1961 and was hired by Bennett College President Willa Player to teach French and German. She joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and became active in the civil rights movement in Greensboro. Dr. Laizner died after a short illness on January 28, 2004 at the age of 88.