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Author Lev Raphael, Son of Holocaust Survivors, to Visit Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Noted author Lev Raphael will visit Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 4, for a reading and a lecture about overcoming the burden of inherited hatred, with his own life story as a prime example. Both events are free and open to the public.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Raphael is the author of “My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped.” He will be doing a reading from his work at noon in the Handwerker Gallery, Gannett Center.

That evening, Raphel will give a talk titled “The Burden of Inherited History: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped” at 7:30 p.m. in Klingenstein Lounge, Egbert Hall.

As one reviewer wrote of his book, “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.”

Raphael is best known as a pioneer in writing fiction and creative nonfiction about the children of Holocaust survivors, which he has been publishing since 1978. His books have been translated into a dozen languages and he has done hundreds of invited talks and readings on three continents. His work has appeared in dozens of anthologies in the U.S. and England.

He has also written a number of books in a variety of other genres — ranging from memoir and literary criticism to mystery and horror — and he blogs about books and cultural issues for The Huffington Post as well as at his own website,

Raphael’s visit to Ithaca College is sponsored by the Jewish studies program and is cosponsored by Hillel; the Departments of History, English, Writing, Psychology and Modern Languages; and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses, coordinator of Jewish studies, at or (607) 274-3556.