“Second Class Refugees”: The Struggles of Lesser-Known German Jewish Writers in the U.S.


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Professor Krishna Winston’s talk “Second Class Refugees”: The Struggles of Lesser-Known German Jewish Writers in the U.S.  is the second event in our series “Germany Meets the U.S.” and will take place Wednesday, October 5th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Fisk 208. Refreshments will be served.

Professor Winston will talk about German Jewish writers who had been quite well known in Germany but who struggled to establish themselves professionally when they emigrated to the U.S. and thus endured great economic and emotional hardship. Among them are Mehring, Hans Sahl, Curt Riess, and Heinrich Eduard Jacob. Her parents, the distinguished translators Richard and Clara Winston, knew these authors personally and translated their works into English. Krishna will draw on her collection of letters exchanged between these refugees and her parents as well as on her own memories.

“The Wallpeckers” Professor Krishna Winston introduces Günter Grass’s novel “Too Far Afield”

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Please join us for our  fourth and last lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this Thursday, November 6, in the Downey House Lounge at 4:15 PM. In her talk, “The Wallpeckers,”  Krishna Winston introduces and reads from Günter Grass’s novel, Too Far Afield.

Refreshments will be served.

NPR -Journalist Bellamy Pailthorp ’89 will speak about “The Fall of the Wall — An Eyewitness Perspective.”

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Bellamy Pailthorp ’89 is a news reporter in Seattle with KPLU Public Radio, one of the leading NPR stations in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Wesleyan with High Honors in German Language and Literature in the spring of 1989. She went to Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship that September, to pursue a project on dramaturgy and Bertolt Brecht. Little did she know she would end up working as an interpreter for journalists during the fall of the wall – an unforgettable experience that led to her career as a broadcaster. She lived in Berlin from 1989-1998, eventually working as a TV producer at Deutsche Welle TV and freelancing for other outlets. She now covers the environment beat at KPLU. In this talk, she will share anecdotes about her experience in Berlin before, during and after the fall of the wall.

“25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall” is co-sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington D.C. All events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 860-685-3359.

Sarah Wiliarty will speak on The Fall of the Wall – A Political Perspective

Please join us for the  first lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th Year of the Fall of the Berlin
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This Wednesday, October 15 in FISK 210 at noon, Prof. Sarah Wiliarty will speak on “ The Fall of the Berlin Wall – A Political Perspective.”

Refreshments will be served.

“25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall” is co-sponsored by the German Studies Department and the German Embassy in Washington D.C. All events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 860-685-3359.

CONTEST – 25th Year of the Fall of the Wall

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Studies Department has received a grant from the German Embassy in Washington DC and is looking for creative submissions pertaining to the historic event. Submissions can include a poem, a 1000-word essay, a one-page cartoon, a digital story, or even a collage. The best three submissions will receive gift card prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively. Please submit all entries to Debbie Pozzetti in Fisk 401 by November 9 at 4:00PM.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit your work electronically, please contact Prof. Iris Bork-Goldfield

For more events about the Fall of the Wall, please visit the many talks on campus throughout the month.

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Erik Grimmer–Solem on The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Please join us for the  first lecture in the German Department’s fall series on commemorating the 25th Year of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

This Wednesday, September 24 in FISK 210 at noon, Erik Grimmer –Solem will speak on “From Great War to Great Wall: The Fall of the Berlin Wall in Historical Perspective.”

Refreshments will be served.

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