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Holocaust Survivor Testimony with Dori Katz
April 11 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
On Thursday, April 11th we are honored to have Dori Katz coming to speak to our 6th grade students, as well as other interested community members.
Dori Katz, a Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature at Trinity College, was born in Belgium in 1939. She survived the war by hiding with a French Catholic family and by being placed in an orphanage for Christian children. Her mother lived underground with counterfeit papers but her father and the rest of her whole family were deported and killed in various concentration camps. She and her mother immigrated to America in 1952. She has written and published poems in journals and anthologies. Her books of poems, Hiding in Other People’s Houses was published in a Spanish/English bi-lingual edition in Mexico. She has translated from the French books by Henri Raczymow and Marguerite Yourcenar, as well as poetry by Eluard, Ponge, Guillevic, Max Jacob and others. She will be talking about her experience during the war and as an immigrant to America, reading some of her poems, and will field questions from students.
Survivor testimonies—firsthand accounts from individuals who lived through or encountered genocide and other atrocities—help students more deeply appreciate and empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history. They supplement what we learn from historians and secondary sources by offering unique perspectives on the difficult and sometimes impossible situations individuals were forced to confront during moments of collective violence and injustice. The experience of listening to a survivor is a powerful learning experience. The personal testimonies of survivors can have a deep emotional impact that stays with students into adulthood.