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Commemoration of "Kristallnacht"

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November 9 • 6 p.m.
To Remember and Reflect: In Memory of Kristallnacht, 1938

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From Day to Day: The Hidden Diary of Odd Nansen
Timothy J. Boyce
Editor of From Day to Day: One Man’s Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps

Reflections by Dr. Gail Stearns
Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel

Introduction by Dr. Marilyn Harran
Director, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education

 

Hailed by the New York Times when it was published in English in 1949 as “unlike any other record of personal war experience which has yet appeared,” From Day to Day is the 600-page concentration camp diary—combining the mundane and the horrific—of Norwegian political prisoner, Odd Nansen.

Taken hostage by the Nazis in reprisal for a British commando raid on Norway, Nansen spent the next three and a half years in concentration camps: Grini in Oslo, Veidal above the Arctic Circle, and Sachsenhausen in Germany. A detailed and compelling observer of his circumstances, Nansen refused to give in to despair or helplessness. His encounter with a 10-year-old Auschwitz survivor, Thomas Buergenthal, whom he called the “angel Raphael of the revier (infirmary)” and whom he befriended and inspired, is but one example of the extraordinary generosity and decency that he exemplified throughout his life.

Long out of print, the current edition, with a new introduction and extensive annotations, is the work of Timothy Boyce, who in 2010 tracked down one of the few remaining copies of the work and made it his mission to make the book available once again. Mr. Boyce holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


The John and Toby Martz Distinguished Lecture in Holocaust Studies
The Sally and Jerry Schwartz Endowment for Holocaust Education
Co-sponsored by the Fish Interfaith Center and the Chapman Interfaith Council