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Generations After Local Author Symposium

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, May 8
The Ora
578 McIntosh Road, Sarasota

On May 8, 2024, at 10am, we will gather at The Ora, on the Federation campus, to listen to four local authors who are members of the Federation’s Generations After group, and who each composed beautifully written memoirs that tell a parent’s or an in-law’s stories of survival and hope, giving voice to those who stayed silent for years.

Chanala, The Daughter of Holocaust Survivors by Hannah Bellaff
Hannah Bellaff, born in Munich Germany in 1946, was five years old when she and her parents migrated to America to begin a new life, Hannah shares her own experiences and trauma of being a child of Holocaust Survivors. She weaves her parents’ difficult stories into her own with love and compassion and shares their pain, vulnerabilities, and strengths. Ultimately Hannah delivers a message of hope.

My Name is Not Rifka by Vivien Kalvaria
Vivien Kalvaria grew up in Zimbabwe, where she met her husband, the son of a holocaust survivor rescued by Oskar Schindler. My Name Is Not Rifka tells the moving story of how, toward the end of her life, Rifka agreed to break her fifty-year silence and reveal what happened to her after she was captured by the Nazis. The memoir centers around Vivien’s twenty-year crusade to win her mother-in-law’s trust to tell her story before dementia set in. It spans three continents and six decades, alternating between the historical accounts Rifka eventually shared with Vivien and their personal relationship.

Flower of Vlora Growing up Jewish in Communist Albania by Dr. Anna Kohen
The daughter and granddaughter of Romaniote Jews from Greece, Flower of Vlora is a funny and tense account of Anna Kohen’s Romaniote-Jewish family in Albania and how they were saved from the Nazis by Muslim Albanians. During WWII, they sheltered with Muslim families as they hid from the Nazis, taking on Muslim names and pretending to be Muslim. Her family who remained in Greece were all murdered in death camps.

Sabine’s Odyssey, A Hidden Child and her Dutch Rescuers by Agnes Schipper
The daughter of a hidden child and of a member of the Dutch Resistance, Agnes Schipper was raised Catholic and did not know that her mother was Jewish until she was twenty. Agnes’ mother “Sabine” then told her about her family’s prominence in Germany until the Nazi era forced them to flee. Mother and daughter undertake an odyssey to discover the truth about her brother Andreas’ death in the Mauthausen camp.

The event is free; pre-registration is required.



May 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Ora
578 McIntosh Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232, 34232 United States
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