Holocaust speaker Miriam Kelemen Solis will speak at Coe College on Thursday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. Entitled “Goldie’s Story: Reflections of a Holocaust Survivor,” the event is free and open to the public.
In the 1930s, Kelemen Solis grew up in a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. From her memoir “Goldie’s Story,” we learn about a different Jewish history: the everyday anti-Semitism that was common throughout Europe, but also about a childhood in a country that did not persecute its Jews until quite late in World War II.
When deportations and killings finally came to Budapest, she escaped death several times through lucky timing and the tireless efforts of her parents to keep the family alive. In addition to sharing her experiences through “Goldie’s Story,” Kelemen Solis also appears as a character in Nobel Laureate Imre Kertesz’s concentration camp novel, “Fateless.”
A talented speaker, author and musician, Kelemen Solis studied for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in San Francisco, first at City College and later at the University of San Francisco. She has taught for more than 30 years at various public and private schools, as well as conducting private music lessons and singing in several choruses.
This event is sponsored by the Joan and David Thaler Holocaust Memorial Foundation. For more information, call 399-8581.