30 October 2010

Connecticut: Memories of Romania, Nov. 7

Professor Mihai Grunfeld will discuss his book "Leaving: Memories of Romania," at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut on Sunday, November 7.

The meeting begins at 1.30pm at the Godfrey Memorial Library, 134 Newfield Street, Middletown.

Grunfeld is a professor of Latin American literature and Spanish language at Vassar College.

His book is the story of his childhood as the son of Holocaust survivors, an of experiences that propelled his escape from Romania in 1969. Before settling in the US, he lived in Israel, Italy, Sweden, Canada and South America.

His parents were unable to talk about their experiences in the concentration camps, but their lives, and the lives of their two sons, were decisively shaped by the untold stories. Grunfeld will talk about how the process of writing served to break the silence and begin the healing of the past.

For more information and directions, click on the JGS of Connecticut website. Formed in 1998, the society's library is housed at the Godfrey. JGSCT members may borrow items from the collection of books, periodicals, and audio and visual resources.

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