Giving Thanks for a Second Chance at Life in America

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Monday, November 18, 2019 from 03:00 PM until 04:30 PM
Central Library, Open to the Public

Event Details :

No registration required. This event is free, and all are welcome in the first floor auditorium.

Ten days before Thanksgiving, hear witness-to-history Dr. Peter Stein discuss his poignant and true story as the child of a Catholic mother and a Jewish father who was forced into slave labor and then disappeared.

About 50 years later, a group of college students sought Professor Stein’s help to challenge a Holocaust-denying teacher. This encounter awakened Stein’s memories of his childhood in Nazi-occupied Prague, of SS officers in the streets, of fear and betrayal, of loved ones lost. Stein’s book follows him through that childhood to 1950s America; the 12-year-old’s arrival in New York and his immigrant experience is one of change and downward mobility. His humorous and sometimes difficult assimilation was aided by the love of his family. His is a story of giving thanks to a welcoming United States.

Stein earned a PhD in sociology from Princeton University. He taught at William Paterson University in New Jersey where he was Co-Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He is currently a Survivor Volunteer at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. Book sales ($15.00 each) and signing will follow his talk.

Directions: Arlington Central Library is located at 1015 N Quincy Street between Washington Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Parking is free at the library or take Metro to either Ballston or Virginia Square on the Silver and Orange lines. The talk will be in the first-floor auditorium.

This program is jointly sponsored by Encore Learning and the Arlington Public Library.