On October 29, novelist Rachel Kadish and memoirist Julie Lindahl will join us for “Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation between the Granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, and the Granddaughter of an SS Officer.”
The event is part of the series of podcasts and speaking engagements Kadish and Lindahl cofounded, called “Voices Between: Stories Against Extremism,” in which they pair up creative artists whose families come from different sides of communities riven by extremism.
Kadish is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, who were rescued by a Japanese diplomat. Lindahl was born in Brazil to a German family. It wasn’t until early adulthood that she unearthed the truth about her grandfather, whom she’d been told was a farmer during the war. In fact her grandfather was in the SS, and her grandmother was an enthusiastic SS wife.
This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by Jewish Studies and The Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week Committee.
Rachel Kadish is an award-winning novelist and, the English Department’s Fall Visiting Distinguished Writer.
No less a figure than the late Toni Morrison called her “a gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.”
Kadish received a 2017 National Jewish Book Award for The Weight of Ink, a historical novel.
“Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.”
Kadish is the author of two other books, Tolstoy Lied, and From a Sealed Room. You can read some more of her writing here at her website. Copies of The Weight of Ink can be picked up in the English Department office by emailing Sarah Green (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.