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April 4 at 2 pm: Tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Visit the world’s third-largest Holocaust museum and view the permanent Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, which weaves survivor narratives, personal belongings, photographs, and videos into a moving and responsive experience.
April 9 at 2 pm: From Expressionism to Hitler: German Cinema and World War II. Film studies professor Michael Smith focuses on German cinema before, during, and after World War II. Clips screened include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and Germany Year Zero.
April 13 at 7 pm: Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet in Concert. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet performs a concert led by founder Lori Lippitz, who created the band to bring back to life the lost art and culture of the community that was destroyed in the Holocaust. The band was named in tribute to the spirit of Chicago’s early immigrants, whose music uniquely blended folk songs from their eastern European roots with early American jazz and swing.
April 18 at 10:30 am: Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion. A discussion of Affinity Konar’s Mischling, led by a WPL librarian.
April 23 at 2 pm: Holocaust Survivors Remember. Children during the Holocaust, Sheila Gerber and Gitta Fajerstein tell their stories of survival. Gitta was born in Berlin and in 1939, the Gestapo arrested her father and murdered him. Gitta and her sister were smuggled into Holland and began their harrowing journey to escape the Nazis. Sheila was born in Lithuania in the Kovno Ghetto. She was smuggled out and raised by a Lithuanian farm family but her parents were killed by the Nazis.
April 24 at 7 pm: Evening Readers Book Discussion. A discussion of Affinity Konar’s Mischling, led by a WPL librarian.
April 30 at 2 pm: Can We Trust Historical Fiction? How does fiction help and hinder how we remember history? Is it possible to fictionalize history with the goal of making it compelling, yet still retain the integrity of the past? Dr. Danny M. Cohen, founder of Unsilence and Assistant Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University, talks about these issues.
May 7 at 2 pm - Author Affinity Konar Discusses Mischling. Wilmette Jr. High School Auditorium, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette. Ms. Konar discusses her novel. No tickets required. A book signing will be held following the program. Copies of Mischling will be available on site for purchase from The Book Stall,
Funding for One Book, Everybody Reads provided by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.