14 2024

RV Summer Book Series: Lilly and Arthur: The Girl & the Holocaust Survivor

10:00AM - 11:00AM  

Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at RVCC 118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ

Contact Michelle Edgar
908.526.1200 x8735

June 14, 10-11 a.m., Arthur and Lilly: The Girl and the Holocaust Survivor by Lilly Maier. What do a 75-year-old Los Angeles-based rocket engineer and an eleven-year-old schoolgirl from Austria have in common? Not much at first glance, but Arthur and Lilly influenced each other's lives in a fateful way. In 1939, Arthur's Jewish parents sent their son abroad on a so-called Kindertransport ("children's transport"), hoping to save him from the Holocaust. The separation is a traumatic experience for the ten-year-old. Although he is rescued – from Austria via France to the United States – his family is murdered by the Nazis. He never sees them again. Sixty-five years later: During a visit to his parents' former apartment in Vienna, Austria, Arthur Kern meets eleven-year-old Lilly Maier. A decisive encounter for both, which not only shapes Lilly's further life but also leads to Arthur receiving a long-lost legacy from his parents. It is a moving tale of two lives that fatefully cross paths and an immensely knowledgeable insight into an unknown Holocaust story: the rescue of hundreds of Jewish children to America on a Kindertransport. Please use this registration link for the first book in our summer series: https://raritanval-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i5WG6wy3QyupedFNO0a-RA?#/registration  


Sponsor: The Jewish Federation of West-Central New Jersey