In 2002, Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, professor of biology, found hundreds of WWII-era family letters in her parents’ home. She contacted Rebecca Boehling, professor of history and director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities, and the result is was a collective biography about a German Jewish family in Nazi Germany.
Co-authored with Uta Larkey, of Coucher College, Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust reveals the family’s struggle over whether to go or to stay while confronting ever increasing obstacles to emigration and immigration. The book documents family members’ hopes and fears as they are scattered over three continents, forced to contend with wartime postal delays and the deafening silence of loved ones left behind.
Boehling will read from and sign copies of Life and Loss on Wednesday, September 14, at 4 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.