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Bearing Witness: Stories of the Holocaust – “Second Generation/First Person: Memory, History and Poetry”
April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Anna Wrobel, American historian, teacher, and Holocaust Studies educator, uses original poetry as a creative means for historical and cultural transmission. Family events and memories are framed in scholarly, historical contexts. Student inquiry and commentary will direct discussion after the reading of several poems on diverse aspects of the Shoah. The presentation includes related references to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in the often tragic month of April. Anna’s love for Dr. King was established in early childhood as a result of her survivor mother’s deep respect and admiration for the civil rights leader.
Bio: Anna Wrobel, daughter of Holocaust survivors – partisan and soldier – is an American historian, teacher, poet and Holocaust Studies educator. History essays and poetry appear in Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast and Jewish Currents. Anna has two poetry collections, Marengo Street (2012) and The Arrangement of Things (2018). Her poetry appeared in the University of Maine’s Holocaust Human Rights Center art/poetry exhibit, Dilemma of Memory, and are included in the Maine Jewish history exhibit at the State Museum. She’s presented at the Puffin Foundation on Jewish resistance in WWII and works with the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, to which her mother, Eta, was a founding consultant. Anna’s history teaching and poetry often feature at Jewish Community Alliance, Maine Conference for Jewish Life, Maine Jewish Museum and University of Maine’s OLLI lifelong learning programs. Shoah poems, taken from her manuscript Sparrow Feathers-Second Generation/First Person, have been used by history and English teachers in high schools, colleges and adult education. Anna has two children, one born on a kibbutz in the Galilee hills of Israel, and one born in the backwoods mountains of Maine.