Born in the village of Malsch at the foothills of the Black Forest, Louis Maier escaped from Nazi Germany in 1940 at the age of 16. He left behind his parents, who, along with 6 million others, perished in the concentration camps of Europe.
Now in his eighties, Maier has pieced together his parents’ letters from an internment camp in France (prior to their deportation to Auschwitz) and his memories of starting a new life in America to create a memoir titled “From the Golden Gate to the Black Forest: “The Odyssey of a New American in Search of His Parents’ Fate.”
Maier will discuss the book at the Library of Congress at noon on Wednesday, July 9
, in Room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Hebraic Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, the program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Maier journeyed across Russia, Korea and Japan before landing in San Francisco in September 1940. Drafted in June 1943, he served with the Third U.S. Army in the European theater during World War II. He subsequently earned an undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. After a decade assisting holocaust survivors through local Jewish Community Centers, he entered the field of mental health. While working at Chestnut Lodge, a mental hospital in Rockville, Md., he completed a doctorate degree in social work from the Catholic University of America. He has practiced psychotherapy for the past 40 years.
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