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In The Shadow of the Holocaust: The Forgotten Survivors with Peter Schrag

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:30pm, Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Journalist and scholar Peter Schrag is the co-author, with his father Otto Schrag (1902-1971) of When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father Event Flyerand Son Memoirs, 1940-1941, Indiana University Press, August 2015, which describes the internment and escape from a French camp in the early years of World War II, and his own escape with his mother from Nazi occupied Europe at roughly the same time.
He will read from the new book and discuss problems of memory and documentation, and the wish among many of his generation to deny, forget or conceal their own refugee status and all that came before it— a well described by Hannah Arendt shortly after her arrival in the U.S.
Read more about the book here: http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/when-europe-was-a-prison-camp-father-and-son-memoirs-1940-1941

A former executive editor of Saturday Review magazine, he is the author of articles and reviews in the Atlantic, Harper’s, the Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Playboy, the American Prospect and other publications. His book, Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future, published by the New Press in April 1998, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and issued as a paperback by the University of California Press in 1999. Among his other recent books are Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America’s Schools, which was published by the New Press in October 2003 and California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment, and Not Fit for our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America both published by the University of California Press. His new book, When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-1941, will be issued in August 2015 by Indiana University Press. 

Peter Schrag has taught at Amherst College, where he also served as a college administrator, the University of Massachusetts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and at the Graduate School of Journalism and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He also served on the board of EdSource, a California school policy analysis organization and on the advisory council of the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2012 he was a consultant to the Commission on Equity and Excellence of the U.S. Department of Education. From 1998 to 2013, he was also a visiting scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.