When: Wed., Aug. 8, 7-8 p.m. 2018
The debate around refugees is tearing the world apart right now. Some frightened, seemingly compassionate-less, and often bigoted people only see refugees as a threat. That’s why Sylvia Ruth Gutmann, one of the last living Holocaust survivors, has decided now is the time to tell her story. Her new book, A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan, tells the story of how she arrived in New York City as a 7-year-old refugee after spending several years in France hiding from the Nazis, only to have both of her parents deported to Auschwitz and never be seen again. As a child refugee in this country, she learned to keep quiet about what she experienced. Many years later, she put the pieces of her life, her history, and her traumatic emotions back together again. She’ll be speaking on these issues and signing copies of her book at 1951 Coffee Shop, which is entirely staffed by refugees.