07 November 2009

Los Angeles: Ostrich feather mystery, Nov. 17

Learn about the ostrich feather mystery at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, on Tuesday, November 17, in Santa Monica.

The session begins at 7.30pm, at Sha'arei Am Santa Monica Synagogue, as Israeli author Miriam Romm discusses her new book,"Ostrich Feathers: A Holocaust Mystery." A book sale and signing will follow.

Romm was eight years old when a neighbor's careless remark changed her world, when she learned her father was not biological but adoptive. A yearning to know the truth about her life began, not until she was a grandmother did she find time to look into her past.

For 10 years, she's been conducting genealogical research, and has traveled the globe pursuing the fragile chain of information that might lead her back to her biological father who had disappeared during the Holocaust. Romm's research has culminated cin her narrative non-fiction book, "Ostrich Feathers."

From the USHMM and Yad Vashem to archives in Poland and Slovakia, following ghostly tracks and fragments of memory she painstakingly arranged the pieces of her life's puzzle until they formed a coherent picture.

The book is an English translation of her critically acclaimed Hebrew novel, Notzat Yaen (2007).

Romm holds an engineering degree from The Technion (Haifa) and worked in marketing for many years. She's married to an Israeli Air Force pilot and diplomat, and volunteers with and initiates Jewish commemoration projects in Israel and Poland.

For more information and directions, visit the JGSLA website, go to our website.

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