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Lev Raphael, Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor, to Read from his New Book

Lev Raphael will read from his new book, My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped, on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman.

“This writing is very important,” says Helga Schreckenberger, professor and chair of German and Russian, “because the second generation of survivors -- their memories and knowledge of their parents’ experiences during and after the Holocaust -- will soon be the only sources that will help inform us about the Holocaust and its lingering legacy.”

Lev Raphael is a pioneer in writing fiction about America's second generation, publishing his first short story about children of survivors in 1978. Many of his early stories on this theme were collected in his award-winning book, Dancing on Tisha B'Av, while the best of those and newer ones appear in his second collection, Secret Anniversaries of the Heart.

Raphael is the author of 17 other books including two novels about survivors, Winter Eyes and The German Money, and two memoirs, Journeys & Arrivals and Writing a Jewish Life. His fiction has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and Britain, most recently in the anthology, Criminal Kabbalah.

The reading is sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and by the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies. For more information contact (802) 656-3430.