On April 19, 2012, Miriam Kelemen spoke at Hickok Hall on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kelemen’s’s presentation was open to the public at no charge, thanks to funding from the Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund.
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.”