Herta Pollak


Herta Pollak was born in Germany, spent time in Danzig, and then settled with her parents in Milan, Italy. She received a great deal of help from her Italian neighbors throughout the War years. After the German occupation, her father was sent to the Ferramonte Concentration Camp. She was able to visit him there, and so can describe the vast difference between this Italian camp and those camps run by the Germans, to which, fortunately, her father was never deported. Herta and her mother survived using false papers and then later by going into hiding. After liberation, she met and married Branko Pollak and moved with him to the United States.


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Yousef Bashir

Manhattan College , 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy , Bronx, NY 10471

Author and Palestinian- American, Yousef Bashir, will be discussing his memoir "Words Of My Father" this coming October. His book recalls his adolescence in the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. He discusses the occupation, the violence of being shot by an IDF soldier, and how he made a commitment to peace in the face of prejudice and anger. Yousef currently resides in Washington D.C, where he has worked on Capitol Hill and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. He continues to serve as a hardworking advocate on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.



Peter Hayes: “November 1938 as Turning Point”?

Manhattan College, TBD , 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy , Bronx, NY 10471

Please join us on November 12th, time TBD with Peter Hayes for our annual Kristallnacht Lecture and Frederick Schweitzer lecture. Peter Hayes is a professor of History and German at Northwestern University. He specializes in the histories of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and, in particular, in the conduct of the nation’s largest corporations during the Third Reich.

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