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Secrets and Revelations: Reclaiming Our Lost Families
Sponsor Jewish Community Library
Type of Event Education
Description For two Bay Area writers, the unexpected discovery of a hidden family past sent them off in unforeseen directions. When Mani Feniger discovered a lost 1932 photograph of her mother, it led to revelations about her Jewish ancestors’ lives in pre-Nazi Leipzig and clarified the choices her mother made to survive as her privileged world shattered. After Jim Van Buskirk’s mother showed him a suitcase of memorabilia belonging to his Parisian opera singer grandmother, he understood the role that his family’s secret Jewish heritage might have played in their saga of kidnapping and divorce.

Join Mani and Jim in conversation as they discuss their research and transformative journeys.

Mani Feniger is a therapist, speaker, and author of Journey from Anxiety to Freedom and The Woman in the Photograph, winner of the 2012 Best Memoir Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Jim Van Buskirk, co-author/co-editor of four books, is looking to publish his family memoir, My Grandmother’s Suitcase. His writing has appeared in a variety of anthologies, magazines, websites, and radio broadcasts.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston

Co-presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

Date/Dates May 13 2014
Times 7:00 PM -
Cost free
Street Address 1835 Ellis Street Google Map
Location San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
Contact Information
Contact Name Allison Green
Phone Number 415-567-3327 ext. 704
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