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Bernice Lerner

Bernice Lerner

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 07:00PM ET
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Brookline, MA 02446-2908

This event is held in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, and will be moderated by Jan Darsa, their former Director of Jewish Education.

All the Horrors of War

"A towering achievement, Lerner's narrative at once brings us into hell along with its central characters and then lifts us out on the strength of their respective forms of courage and generosity. This meticulously researched story is nourishment for the soul." -- Robert G. Kegan, author of In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life

All the Horrors of War follows Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking British officer, and Rachel Genuth, a teenager from the Hungarian provinces, as they navigate their respective forms of hell during the final, brutal year of World War II. Their stories converge before the war’s end, in Bergen-Belsen, where Hughes finds himself responsible for an unprecedented situation: 25,000 of 60,000 war-ravaged inmates are in need of immediate hospitalization. Rachel is among those at death’s door. Their narratives tell a larger story—about the suffering of the victims and the struggles of liberators who strove to save lives, about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.

Dr. Bernice Lerner, the author of All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen, is the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College and a senior scholar at Boston University's Center for Character and Social Responsibility.

Moderator Jan Darsa is former Director of Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves. Darsa has developed curricula in the field of Holocaust History, Jewish life before WW II and Israeli History. Her most recent publications are Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History Through A Jewish Lens, and Colliding Dreams Study Guide based on a film that addresses the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jan has published numerous articles and essays on Holocaust education. Prior to coming to Facing History, she taught in public and private high schools and Tufts University. She is a Jerusalem Fellow, studying for 2 years (1988-90) in Jerusalem, and in 1991 was a scholar-in-residence in South Africa, where she has returned twice. In 2010 she received the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish Education.


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