Holocaust Survivor to Speak During Holocaust Remembrance Month

Thursday, April 23  * 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. * Liberal Arts Building Room 210

Irene Berman
Holocaust Survivor

Irene Berman, a Norwegian Jewish Holocaust survivor, is scheduled to speak at IHCC during April Holocaust Remembrance Month.  Berman will present a rare Holocaust testimonial about the Norwegian Jews and their life struggles during the Holocaust.

Berman was born and raised in Norway. As a young child in 1942 she escaped to Sweden, a neutral country during World War II, to avoid annihilation. Nazi Germany had invaded Norway and the deportation of two thousand Norwegian Jews had begun. Seven members of her father’s immediate family were among the 771 victims who were unable to escape and were murdered in Auschwitz.

In 2005 Irene was forced to begin to examine the label of being a Holocaust survivor. Her strong dual identity as a Norwegian and a Jew led her to explore previously unopened doors in her mind. Subsequently, she published the book, “We Are Going to Pick Potatoes” Norway and the Holocaust, The Untold Story.  This book is not simply a narrative of the Holocaust alone, but it highlights Irene’s childhood memories of growing up Jewish in Norway during and after WWII.

This “untold story” about what happened to Norwegian Jews during the Holocaust deserves to be told – and now it is. 
                                        Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate

The public, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Holocaust and the important life lessons it can teach.

If you have any additional questions about this Holocaust Remembrance event, please contact Vicky Knickerbocker at vknicke@inverhills.edu or by phone at 651-450-3745.



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