Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl: Our Ancestors Reinvented: JGSLA Program, Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30PM - Skirball Cultural Center #galicia

Pamela Weisberger

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles invites you to our next
program on how our ancestors re-imagined their lives in extraordinary

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30PM

Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

"Holly Golightly Was a Nice Jewish Girl: Our Ancestors Reinvented"

Ever wonder if there was more to your family history than meets the eye?

Poor immigrant Jews arriving in Der Goldene Medina (the promised land)
not only shed their old world clothing and shtetl names, but often
completely reinvented their personalities, creating new identities and
obscuring old ones. >from deadbeat, bigamist husbands to sweatshop
maideles transformed into Ziegfeld chorines, explore the trajectories
of these extraordinary lives through genealogical case studies.

Hear the tale of two foster-home Bessarabian beauties, born to a poor
teenager on the lower east side, who rose >from rags to riches to
become muses to a teenage Truman Capote, meeting the real Holly
Golightly along the way! We'll also follow the story of Russian immigrant
fishmonger Avram >from Odessa who got "whacked by the mob" as
gun-runner "Barney Blum" in the noirish 1920s Los Angeles, and
Charles Kaufman born in 1847 Lichtenau, Germany, who made his way
across the U.S. to become a mining tycoon in San Francisco, then on to
Australia's Eastern Goldfields, and finally ending up in high society
London, acquiring three citizenships along the way.

Using creative methodology and genealogical travel we'll explore the
twisted roads our ancestors traveled to establish a new life -- or run
out on an old one. Learn investigative techniques for uncovering the
truth about your own amazing (but often hidden) family history.

Pamela Weisberger, Program Chair JGSLA, President, Gesher Galicia

Open to the public. JGSLA members free, guests $5.00.

The JGSLA traveling library will be available starting at 7:00PM.
More info and directions: www.jgsla.org.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA

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