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- BOOK LAUNCH: Sport and British Jewry, 1890-1970
- Simon Wiesenthal Memorial Lecture - Perpetrators, Collaborators, Resisters, Bystanders: The Shoah in Greater Bulgaria, 1943
- We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
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- Summer Conference 2013
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- Jewish Identity and Israeli Foreign Policy
- Sephardim, Holocaust and Diasporic Memory: the Jews from the Island of Rhodes
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- David to Nehemiah: new fragments from Kenyon’s Jerusalem
- Book Launch: Ruta's Closet
- The Amazing Adventures of a Hebrew Manuscript from Medieval England
- My Father the Good Nazi: Reflections on an Encounter
- First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946
- Ukrainians, Jews and Poles: The Ukrainian Triangle in Historical Perspective
- Bringing the Dark to Light – Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe
- Blair, Labour and Palestine: Conflicting Views on Middle East Peace After 9/11
- Jews and the Making of the Modern Cultural Industry
- Vision 2020: Leading British Jewry into the Future
- Redcliffe Salaman, President of the Jewish Historical Society of England
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Book Launch: Ruta's Closet
Publication date: Nov 16, 2013 1:54:23 PM
Start: Nov 18, 2013 6:45:00 PM
Monday November 18th
A Lithuanian Holocaust memoir co-written with survivor Ruth Kron Sigal
The ghetto of Shavl in Lithuania had very few Holocaust survivors and has received little attention.
The ordeal of the Kron family – Ruta, her parents, Gita and Meyer, and her little sister Tamara – started in 1941. Their life in the small town of Shavl was upended when the Nazis invaded, and forced them and their Jewish neighbours into a squalid ghetto. Here, the Krons’ story unfolded in a litany of terror. One fateful morning, in 1943, the children of the ghetto were mercilessly snatched from their parents and slung onto trucks bound for Auschwitz. Inside the ghetto, Ruta and her sister clung together in the old closet in which they had been hastily hidden, and prayed that nobody would discover them.
Journalist Keith Morgan will tell the story of the writing of this book, which Sir Martin Gilbert has called
“one of the finest Holocaust memoirs.”
The book will be on sale at the event.
Ruth Kron Sigal was born in Lithuania in July 1936. After the Second World War she moved to Canada with her family, where she died in December 2008, shortly after the completion of Ruta’s Closet.
Keith Morgan was born in January 1954 in Blackpool, England. He began his career as a reporter for his hometown newspaper in 1975, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1980, where he currently writes for The Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers.
Lecture 6.45pm Pearson lecture theatre (G22), Pearson Building NE entrance
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