“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Elie Wiesel

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library present Ivan Backer

My Train to Freedom:
A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism

September 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free Admission

 Author, award-winning humanitarian and former Episcopal priest Ivan Backer will recount autobiographical stories and read passages from his book My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism. Backer will answer questions from the audience after his presentation and be available to autograph copies of his memoir. Books are available for sale in the Museum Store.

My Train to Freedom is Backer’s breathtaking memoir about “Nicky’s family,” a group of 669 Czechoslovakian children who escaped the Holocaust through Sir Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport project. In May 1939, the 10-year-old Backer fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia for the United Kingdom aboard one of Winton’s Kindertransport trains. His book covers his dangerous escape, his boyhood in England, his perilous 1944 voyage to America and his subsequent achievements. It also addresses a question that has been present for him ever since 1939: “For what purpose was I spared the Holocaust?”

Free, RSVP required. We anticipate large crowds and recommend RSVPing early.

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Presenting Sponsor: The Thaler Holocaust Memorial Fund.
Contributing sponsors: Victor F. & Janice L. Naxera

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