Ursula Pawel, author of My Child is Back! will appear at the Springfield Free Public Library on Monday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. to relate her experiences in Germany from her birth to her new life in the United States. Her mother was a Christian who had converted to Judaism, her father was a Jew. In 1942 Ursula was sent to a concentration camp. The family wanted to join her but only her father and her then 12 year old brother were permitted to go with her, ultimately to their death in Auschwitz. Ursula's life was narrowly saved by the baffling intervention of two German soldiers. After liberation in 1945 she made a 500-mile trek through the occupation zones to find her mother. She eventually came to the United States in 1947.
This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Admission is free. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. Reserve a copy of My Child is Back! by contacting the Reference Department at x228.