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My Mother's Story: Holocaust Education Program with Joni Sussman


with Joni Sussman

Calendar Oct 7, 2021 at 10:30 am

My Mother's Story:  Holocaust Education Program with Joni Sussman

Thursday, October 7, 10:30-11:30 AM via Zoom

Joni Sussman says that lessons learned from the Holocaust can have an enormous impact on how we live our lives today. Growing up in a Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivor family—her mother was a survivor of Stutthof concentration camp and her father a survivor of Dachau—Joni was raised on Holocaust stories that have inspired her throughout her life. Her presentations bring her parents’ survival stories to the world: growing up in Lithuania, life in a Lithuanian ghetto and then in concentration camps, and finally liberation and immigration to the United States.


These intimate stories of challenge, resilience, and courage have led to wonderful discussions at Joni’s speaking engagements in schools, universities, churches, police departments, and civic groups throughout the Midwest. A founder of CHAIM (Children of Holocaust Survivors in Minnesota) and an interviewer for the Steven Spielberg Shoah Visual History Foundation, Joni has been involved with Holocaust education throughout her life. A children’s book publisher by trade, she has also published a number of award-winning Holocaust stories for young people.  

FREE Registration preferred by October 4.

Armchair Traveler: The Fab Four-from Liverpool to Abbey Road


with Jane Phillips

Calendar Oct 14, 2021 at 1 pm

Armchair Traveler

The Fab Four-from Liverpool to Abbey Road

Thursday, October 14, 1-2:30 PM via Zoom

For anyone who loves the Beatles, join me on a Fab Four trip to their roots in Liverpool.  During a wonderful trip to the United Kingdom, we took a few days to explore all things Beatles!  We had a private tour of the childhood neighborhoods and places of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, making the words to their music come alive. We were in the barbershop on Penny Lane, stood at the gates of Strawberry Field (right, no “s”), and had a beer in the Cavern Club where the band played.  We also darted across Abbey Road, a very busy intersection in London.  As an added bonus, I’ll cover a bit more about the importance of the Port of Liverpool in American history.

Presenter:  Jane Phillips, Lyngblomsten volunteer and retired biologist and educator, University of Minnesota 

FREE Registration preferred by October 11.

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Author! Author! Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate with author Carolyn Porter


with Carolyn Porter

Calendar Oct 21, 2021 at 3 pm

Author!  Author!  Marcel's Letters:  A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate with author Carolyn Porter

Thursday, October 21, 3-4:30 PM via Zoom

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuze mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin.  His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love, along with testimony about day-to-day survival.  Sixty years later, designer Carolyn Porter found his letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota, and began to transform Marcel's handwriting into a modern computer font.  After having a letter translated, she became obsessed with finding answers to the questions:  Who was Marcel? Why had he been in Germany?  Why were his precious letters for sale halfway around the world?  Carolyn's obsessive, hope-filled quest for answers has been recounted in the book Marcel's Letters:  A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate.  The book was a finalist for a 2018 Minnesota Book Award.  During this event, Carolyn will read excerpts, talk about her quest to learn more about Marcel Heuze, and share how this story became a book.  Bring your questions and your curiosity!  

Presenter:  Author Carolyn Porter

FREE Registration preferred by October 18.


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