Fall 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Working Through the Trauma of the Past:
Uncovering Family History in the Holocaust and WWII

Barbara Gilford is author of Heart Songs: A Holocaust Memoir about her family’s history.  She will discuss the process of researching the relationship between her father, who survived the Holocaust, and her father’s mother, who perished in Auschwitz. Barbara Gilford began as an educator and later maintained a clinical practice in psychotherapy for almost twenty-five years. Trauma, loss and suffering in her clients engendered in her deep appreciation for the strength and resilience embedded in the human psyche and spirit.  She is also an award-winning freelance writer for the New York Times and other publications. She will be joined by Kerstin E. White, who helped her by translating documents and letters. Kerstin has taught German and French courses at the college level and worked as a psychotherapist. She is the author of her memoir, Little Girl Found: A German Woman’s Story of Tuberculosis, Trauma and Healing. She is currently working on a new memoir about her immigration story and family history. Kerstin will illuminate the plight of non-Jewish German refugees fleeing the advancing Soviet army in the winter and spring of 1945. In talking about her mother’s traumatic flight from West Prussia as a child and the story of her loss, Kerstin will introduce a piece of history unknown to most Americans. In the context of inter-generational trauma, she will describe her own experiences as a second-generation survivor.  This program is co-sponsored by the College of Saint Elizabeth Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.  Registration is required.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 • 4:00 p.m. • Meeting online via Zoom
Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, Joan Halperin will discuss her book My Sister’s Eyes about her family’s escape from Poland. Her family members survived thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese Consul who issued visas and passports to Jews and others fleeing Nazi Germany during WWII.  Registration is required.