Holocaust survivors Gabriella Karin, David Lenga and Susanne Reyto will discuss their memoirs during a panel discussion at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in The Grove on June 4 at 2:00 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Morgenstern, of Holocaust Museum LA. Admission is free. Seats can be reserved online.
In Trauma, Memory, and the Art of Survival, published in 2020, Karin wrote about hiding from the Nazis, first, in a convent and then in a lawyer's apartment in her native Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Karin discussed her experiences with Michelle Gold of Holocaust Museum LA in a virtual event which can be viewed on YouTube. Karin is a sculptor.
In The Compassion of a Deadly Enemy: Even in the Darkest Hours a Ray of Hope, published in 2019, Lenga described how, at the age of 11, he had been uprooted from his home in Lodz, Poland. After being confined in ghettos, he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau but eventually managed to flee into a forest. In an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on April 17, Lenga discussed his wartime experiences. The event can be seen on YouTube.
Born less than a week after the Nazis occupied Hungary, Reyto lived under the protection of Swiss and Swedish diplomats. In Destination Freedom: Escape from Tyranny, revised edition published in 2022, she described her life under Nazis, under Communists and, finally, in America. The Holocaust Museum LA YouTube channel has videos of Reyto talking about her life.
A book signing session will be held after the panel discussion.