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Commemoration of Kristallnacht with Dr. Monica Strauss
November 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Please join the Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and Dr. Monica Strauss in Commemoration of Kristallnacht, where she will share the story of her family’s life in pre-war Austria and Poland.
Crossing Germany on the way home from a business trip on November 11, 1938, Oscar Spitzer, 34, saw the widespread destruction of Kristallnacht with his own eyes. He immediately grasped the implications for his Jewish family in Polish Silesia. Four days after arriving home, he went to the English consulate in Katowice and got a British exit visa good for one year. Visas for his wife and parents followed soon after. His foresight enabled them to escape to England in August 1939, just two weeks before the German invasion of Poland.
Discovering this crucial chronology in her father’s Polish passport several years after his death, Monica Strauss realized how superficial her knowledge of her parents’ pre-war lives had been. In 2010, when she embarked on serious research into her background, she decided to document her discoveries in a blog titled refugeetales.com Blogging was just coming into its own at the time and it seemed to offer the perfect venue for recording her research as she pursued it while at the same time providing a platform for commentary. And so it proved to be. She will describe how the blog form allowed her to flesh out the history of her family in pre-war Poland and Austria and bring to light the surprising contributions its members made to medicine, business, and the arts. Revelations continue to this day.
November 9th | 4 PM EST | Zoom
Free & Open to the Public
Registration Required: https://bit.ly/chgs-strauss