Jewish Stories, Jewish Lives: Searching for Jewish Heritage with Joseph Berger

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When Joseph Berger was growing up in the Bronx, his mother filled him with visions of Otwock, her hometown in Poland. She described an “enchanted spot graced by tall pine trees, lush lilac bushes and bracing air.” After she died, Joe and his sister went back to Poland and visited their parents’ childhood homes for the first time. What they discovered on their “roots journey” was both emotional and surprising.

Join Mr. Berger, a former New York Times reporter, and the author of the acclaimed memoir, "Displaced Persons: Growing up American after the Holocaust," as he shares stories and photos from his fascinating journey and offers tips for successful family searches abroad. Reflecting on the current political climate in Poland and how it might impact a similar journey today, Joe will be joined by Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the JCC in Krakow, and Helise Lieberman, Director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland.

About the Speaker: Born in the Soviet Union, Joseph Berger was a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for over 30 years. He is a prolific speaker about immigration, New York City, the Holocaust, Israel and themes in education, and he is the author of four books. His memoir was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times, which called it "an extraordinary memoir" and was praised by Elie Wiesel as a "powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written."


Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:30pm


Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011


Judy Greenspan




$15; $10 CJH/partner members, seniors; $5 students

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