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Lev Raphael, son of Holocaust survivors, to speak on March 4 on "The Burden of Inherited History," about returning to Germany, the country that had persecuted his parents.
Contributed by Rebecca Lesses on 02/28/2014
At noon in the Handwerker Gallery he will read from his book, My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped.
At 7:30 pm in Klingenstein Lounge he will speak on “The Burden of Inherited History: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped”
A review discusses how Lev came to write the book:
"Germany was, Raphael says, 'a country I had sworn never to visit . . . anywhere I turned in that country, I might face something that had belonged to a murdered relative.' But a book tour for his Holocaust-survivor novel The German Money (2003) took him there. Haunted by his mother’s experiences in a slave labor camp, he wondered whether forgiveness is possible. In this book, this question is illuminated by flashbacks of his parents’ experiences of the Holocaust. A photo of relatives in pre-war Vilna, 'as much at ease as a Jew could be in Poland,' prompted musings about the Poles’ anti-Semitism, which leads to recollections of his mother’s desperate retreat in 1941 from the Polish-Soviet border to Vilna, where Germans were rounding up Jewish men for mass execution. Encompassing recollections of childhood with parents grimly silent on the defining experience of their lives and accounts of historic atrocities, Raphael’s chronicle of growth and self-discovery isn’t easy reading, but his hard-earned healing and freedom from a tortured past make it remarkably satisfying." – Whitney Scott
Lev Raphael’s visit to Ithaca College is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Ithaca College and is cosponsored by Hillel, the departments of History, English, Writing, Psychology, and Modern Languages, and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.
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