Press Release - Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Program: "Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust" #general
A panel of Chicago-area residents who wrote chapters in the book Out of
Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust will speak at the Sunday,
Oct. 26, 2014, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.
The presentation, led by JGSI member Walter Reed, who was a hidden child
and contributed a chapter in the book, will begin at 2 p.m. at Temple
Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, Ill.
Polish-born Ida Kersz of Skokie and her twin brother, Adam Paluch of
Mundelein, will relate their years-long search for each other; and
Sheila Gerber, of Wilmette and born in Kaunas, Lithuania, will tell her
discovery that her 'father' was really her uncle. Each will relate how
being hidden and saved meant that they had to re-create their past and
search for family members after the Holocaust. The authors will answer
questions after the presentation.
Out of Chaos: Hidden Children Remember the Holocaust, published by
Northwestern University Press, is a compilation of the gripping personal
survival stories of 24 Chicago-area residents, all members of the Hidden
Children of Chicago organization.
The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth-El will open at 12:30 p.m. to
accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library
materials, get help with genealogy websites or ask genealogical
questions before the main program begins. For more information, visit
http://jgsi.org/ or phone 312-666-0100.