Har Zion, Philadephia
What a great community at Har Zion in Philadelphia. Last night there was a packed room for an event to mark the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. As I told the story of Stolen Legacy, everyone was listening very attentively and then asked many excellent questions.
I am always pleased to meet people I can give helpful advice to and this evening was one such occasion. There was great interest in finding out about lost relatives, so I was able to point towards the USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) and ITS (International Tracing Service) as having excellent resources to help those on a quest to discover their history.
USHMM in Maryland
This evening I was on stage at an event organized by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Pikesville, Maryland. Two USHMM experts were on stage with me – historian Dr. Edna Friedberg, (on my right) and Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, ITS and Partnerships Program Manager, Visiting Scholar Programs.
We talked about the pursuit of justice and restitution as well as how people can piece together their own family history, just as I did, with the discovery of documents held in archives. And, of course, we discussed the story of “Stolen Legacy.”
Holocaust Centre, New Zealand
This evening at the Holocaust Centre in Wellington, NZ.
So many people came to hear the presentation that extra chairs had to be brought into the room.
The issue of restitution of property resonated strongly with the audience. Several people told me that their families had lost property, in various countries across Europe, which they still hoped one day to recover.
This evening I participated in a presentation and discussion at Caulfield Hebrew Congregation about my book and the issue of post Holocaust restitution.
Australia has the highest number of Holocaust survivors per capita in the world – outside of Israel – with some 3,000 survivors living in Melbourne. Naturally there was great interest in this topic.
Sydney Jewish Writers Festival
I was interviewed in the Main Hall at Waverley Library, Bondi Junction where the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival held a full day of events.
New Zealand author Julie Thomas took the chair for my session and then I answered questions from an extremely engaged audience.