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- Book Launch: Ruta's Closet
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Book Launch: Ruta's Closet
Publication date: Nov 16, 2013 01:54 PM
Start: Nov 18, 2013 06:45 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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