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A Holocaust Memoir Praising The Refuge Of Chile

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:12:23 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

A Holocaust Memoir Praising The Refuge Of Chile As Nazi Germany moved toward war in the 1930s, the oppression of Jews mounted. Most could not get out, but those who could, fled. Among them was a little girl who now lives in Normal. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with Eva Goldschmidt Wyman, the author of a new book, a remembrance of her family's escape from the Holocaust, but also of the historical context in the South American Country where they found refuge.

Wyman is usually a poet, but she wrote her book "Escaping Hitler," not only to chronicle her own family's fractured journey out of Germany but to fill a void in general knowledge of the role of Chile as a haven for Jews.

For a long time in Germany there was a desire to forget the Holocaust. Now, Wyman says, there is a desire to remember and it comes not from the national government but from small communities. Wyman writes that in her grandparents' hometown there are now plaques that note their names and dates and where they died. She says many German cities and towns are doing similar things. Eva Goldschmidt Wyman will speak about her book Tuesday evening at the McLean County Museum of History. (7 p.m.)

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