April 6, 2012 Holocaust Rescuers Are Subject of April 19 Book Talk by Mark Klempner

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“You can’t let people be treated in an inhuman way around you ... Otherwise you start to become inhuman.” So declares one of the Dutch rescuers of thousands of Jewish children in Nazi-occupied Holland profiled by Mark Klempner in his book, “The Heart Has Reasons: Holocaust Rescuers and Their Stories of Courage.”

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Library of Congress will present a book talk by Klempner, at noon on Thursday, April 19 in Room 139 of the James Madison Building, located at 101 Independence Avenue S.E., Washington D.C

Sponsored jointly by the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the European Division, the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required but seating is limited.

In his lecture, Klempner will discuss the 10 Dutch rescuers profiled in his book and explore the meaning that their lives and deeds have today.

Klempner is a folklorist, historian and social commentator. He spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers profiled in his book. The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner grew up in New York, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and won a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000 he received a master’s degree in folklore from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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PR 12-066
ISSN 0731-3527