During April and May in six sessions, The Berkshire Institute
for Lifetime Learning in Western Massachusetts is offering members the
following intriguing course.
April 19 – The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish
Woman Survive the Holocaust by Edith Hahn
Beer in collaboration with Susan Dworkin is the story of Edith’s
life as a “U-boat,” a Jew hiding in plain sight in Nazi
Germany throughout the war. A motion picture based on the book will
begin filming in Europe this spring.
Susan Dworkin, author of 14 published books; former editor of Ms Magazine
and Moment Magazine, has written numerous articles; has taught writing
courses for BILL.
April 26 – A Rescuer’s Story: Pastor Pierre-Charles
Toureille in Vichy France by Tela Zasloff is the story of Holocaust
rescuer, Pierre Toureille, a French Protestant pastor whose efforts
resulted in the saving of hundreds of refugees, most of them Jews, from
the Nazis in Vichy France in WWII.
Tela Zasloff, Ph.D. in Rhetoric; English professor; editor and author
of several books.
May 3 – Long Way Back to the River Kwai by Loet
Velmans is the story of one’s man’s survival of the brutal
slave-labor conditions that inspired the classic film Bridge Over the
River Kwai. It depicts the experiences of a Japanese P.O.W. who finally
escapes from the Nazis in 1940.
Loet Velmans, studied English and Sociology at the University of Amsterdam;
retired chairman, president and CEO at Hill and Knowlton, Inc: has published
numerous articles in professional magazines.
May 10 – Edith’s Story by Edith Velmans
is based on an account of a young girl’s courage and survival
during the infamous Nazi occupation of Holland. The story is told through
her diaries and letters to and from her family. The book has been published
in nine languages and has won two literature prizes.
Edith Velmans, M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University; Director
for the Second Career Program of the Mayor’s (NY) Voluntary Action
Center; knighted by Queen Beatrix of Holland.
May 17 – Before the Silver Cord is Snapped: Looking Back
on My Journey by Peter Cukor chronicles the brutal circumstances
of his early years. Nazi persecution, ghetto, deportation, work camps,
living under a Communist dictatorship and his ensuing immigrant adventures
Peter Cukor, Ph.D. in Chemistry, St. John’s University; Adjunct
Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University;
Adjunct Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
May 24 – Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime
Shanghai by Sigmund Tobias describes his family’s escape
from the Holocaust in Germany and their subsequent hardships in a Japanese
controlled ghetto in Shanghai Two documentary films were made about
Sigmund Tobias, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Columbia University; faculty,
City College of New York; Distinguished Research Scientist; Institute
for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.