Helen Epstein, daughter of Holocaust survivors, to speak

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Helen Epstein, daughter of Holocaust survivors, to speak

Helen Epstein

Author and journalist Helen Epstein will present a talk, “Franci’s War: A Daughter on her Mother’s Manuscript, Holocaust Survival and Immigration,” at 12:30 p.m., March 25.

Epstein recently published her mother’s memoir, “Francie’s War,” in 2020. During her presentation, she’ll talk about the publishing the manuscript after so many years, her own role in the process, and her own reflections of the Holocaust. Epstein’s presentation will be over Zoom (Meeting ID 961 1377 4767).

In the summer of 1942, 22-year-old Franci Rabinek, Epstein’s mother, arrived at Terezín, 40 miles north of her home in Prague. It would be the beginning of her three-year journey from Terezín to the Czech family camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, to the slave labor camps in Hamburg and Bergen Belsen. After liberation by the British in April 1945, she finally returned to Prague.

Epstein’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, The Harris Center for Judaic Studies and the Czech Program.

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