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Lionside Chats set for April

3/7/2008 —

The Penn State Lehigh Valley Library will present a series of "Lionside Chats" during the month of April. These informal presentations will focus on personal experiences of Holocaust survivors and Japanese Americans facing internment in U.S. "relocation" camps.

Tuesday, April 1 – 7 p.m.

The Kindertransport: A Child’s Escape from Nazi Germany

On August 31, 1939, Berthe Gittler put her only son Franz on the last Kindertransport train taking Jewish children out of Nazi Germany. Dr. Frank (Franz) Gittler recounts his journey in an interview filmed by the Shoah Foundation in 1996.  Frank’s wife Renee Gittler will be on hand to answer questions. Both Frank and Renee Gittler are Penn State alumni and taught chemistry at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, April 8 – 7 p.m.

The Hidden Children of WWII

As Jews living in Paris during World War II, four-year-old Marcel and his mother, Sarah, feared every knock on their door. When bounty hunters stood ready to deliver them to the concentration camps, neighbors convinced them to let the pair escape. Marcel Guindine will share his story as a “hidden child,” given to the Red Cross by his mother so that others could shelter him from the Nazis.

Tuesday, April 15 – 7 p.m.

Dr. Foster’s List: Saving Japanese Americans from the U.S. Internment Camps

Thanks to the Academy Award-winning film, most Americans have heard of Oskar Schindler, who saved more than 1,100 Jews from death in Nazi concentration camps. During the same years of World War II, several smaller-scale Schindlers operated in the United States, saving their Japanese-American neighbors from internment camps. Dr. Margaret Christian, Associate Professor of English at Penn State Lehigh Valley,  will describe efforts by her great uncle, Dr. Augustus H. Foster, to protect Japanese-American families from internment.

All Lionside Chats are open to the public at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Library in Fogelsville and are free of charge. For more information, contact Judy Sandt at 610-285-5028 or jsandt@psu.edu.

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