Rita Goldberg

discusses

Motherland:
Growing Up With The Holocaust

This event includes a book signing

Date

Apr
16
Thursday
April 16, 2015
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes comparative literature lecturer at Harvard University RITA GOLDBERG for a discussion of her book Motherland: Growing Up With The Holocaust.

“I am the child of a woman who survived the Holocaust not by the skin of her teeth but heroically,” writes Rita Goldberg. In a deeply moving second-generation Holocaust memoir, Goldberg introduces the extraordinary story of Hilde Jacobsthal, a close friend of Anne Frank’s family who was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943, Hilde fled to Belgium, living out the war years in an extraordinary set of circumstances—among the Resistance and at Bergen-Belsen after its liberation—that the Guardian newspaper judged “worthy of a film script.”

As astonishing as Hilde’s story is, Rita herself emerges as the central, fascinating character in this utterly unique account. Proud of her mother and yet struggling to forge an identity in the shadow of such heroic accomplishments (in a family setting that included close relationships with the iconic Frank family), Rita Goldberg reveals a little-explored aspect of Holocaust survival: the often-wrenching family and interpersonal struggles of the children and grandchildren whose own lives are haunted by historic tragedy.

Motherland is the culmination of a lifetime of reflection and a decade of research. It is an epic story of survival, adventure, and new life.

Rita Goldberg
Rita Goldberg

Rita Goldberg

Born in Basel in 1949, Rita Goldberg was brought up in the U.S. with periods of her life in Germany where her father was an army psychiatrist. Today she teaches comparative literature at Harvard and is married to Oliver Hart, a British-born professor of Economics at Harvard.

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