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Daughter of History Author Presentation by Holocaust Refugee Susan Suleiman, REGISTER BY 5 PM 9/26
Friendship Heights resident Susan Suleiman will talk about her fascinating new book. This program is free and open to everyone. Register online.
A photograph with faint writing on the back. A traveling chess set. A silver pin. In her new memoir, noted scholar and author Susan Rubin Suleiman uses such everyday objects and the memories they evoke to tell the story of her early life as a Holocaust refugee and American immigrant. In this coming-of-age story that probes the intergenerational complexities of immigrant families and the inevitability of loss, Susan looks to her own life as an example of how historical events shape our private lives.
After the Nazis marched into Hungary in 1944, five-year old Susan learned to call herself by a Christian name, hiding with false papers in Budapest with her parents. While her relatives in the provinces would be among the 450,000 Hungarian Jews deported to Auschwitz, Susan's close family survived and even thrived in the years following the war. But when the Communist Party took over Hungary, Susan and her parents emigrated to Chicago by way of Vienna, Paris, Haiti, and New York. In her adult life as a prominent feminist professor, she rarely allowed herself to think about these chapters of her past--but eventually, when she had children of her own, she found herself called back to Budapest, unlocking memories that would change the direction of her scholarship and career.
Susan Rubin Suleiman is a professor emerita of French and comparative literature at Harvard University. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have difficulty registering.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)