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(In-person event) The Jews of the Forest: Author Talk with Rebecca Frankel

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

University of Hartford Wilde Auditorium, 200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117 United States

Join us for an in-person author event with Rebecca Frankel, author of The Jews of the Forest, held at the University of Hartford.

New York Times best-selling author and West Hartford native, Rebecca Frankel, is best known locally for recording the inspiring story of the Rabinowitz family who narrowly escaped the Nazi ghetto in their Polish town by fleeing to the forbidding Bialowieza Forest. Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love was named a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist and one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “Ten Best History Books of 2021.” Over five years, Frankel interviewed family members—including the Rabinowitzes’ eldest daughter: Ruth Lazowski of West Hartford—to understand how they made it through brutal winters, typhus, and merciless Nazi raids before liberation in 1944 by the Red Army. She also researched the story behind their story: discovering how both Jewish partisan fighters and other families like the Rabinowitzes struggled to overcome the elements of the woods. Join Frankel as she recounts this little-told forest history, and the bravery and resilience of one family in wartime and afterwards, as they sought to find their place—and new happiness—in a post-Holocaust world. The talk will be followed by book sales and book signing.

REBECCA FRANKEL is the author of the New York Times best-selling book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love, and Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love. Rebecca was executive editor of Foreign Policy’s print magazine and managing editor of Moment magazine. Her editing work has received multiple accolades including a Polk Award for coverage of the 2015 MSF Hospital bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan. She’s written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and elsewhere, and has been a guest on Conan, PBS NewsHour, and the Diane Rehm Show, among others.

Co-Sponsored by the Avon Library and the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut.

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University of Hartford Wilde Auditorium
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117 United States
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