NEXT MEETING: April 19, 2015
Topic: "Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind"
Speaker: Sarah Wildman
Seven years ago Sarah Wildman discovered a purposefully hidden cache of her grandfather's letters, with those in hand, she set out to discover the stories he had not told the family after he fled Vienna in 1938. There was a lover, the letters revealed, and she had remained in Europe, caught in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia and then, later Berlin. The story traces a path from Vienna to the Czech Republic to Berlin back to Vienna, to Israel, to the United States - it's about family myth and memory, about what refugees were able to do for those they left behind, and what they could not do - and its about what we can rescue of one person's story. Wildman spent time in archives in all those countries, as well as our own - she was the first journalist allowed to accompany the USHolocaust Museum scholars into the ITS Bad Arolsen archives, the last major unopened Holocaust archives in the world.
A book signing will follow the talk. Only credit card payments will be accepted.
Sarah Wildman writes on the intersection of culture and politics, history and memory in Europe and America. Over the last decade, she has lived in and reported from Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Washington, Jerusalem and Berlin. She was the 2010 Peter R. Weitz Prize winner, from the German Marshall Fund, a prize awarded for excellence in European coverage. Wildman has also been on staff at The New Republic, a senior correspondent at The American Prospect and the Washington correspondent for The Advocate. She has made numerous television and radio appearances and has lectured both in the United States and abroad.
Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan.
Admission: JGS members are free, guests pay $5 at the door
The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open before the meeting at 11:00 a.m. for access to research materials and computers and networking with other researchers.