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Anita Friedman: Rywka's Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - Cultural Hall
Palo Alto, CA
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Anita Friedman: Rywka's Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto
Wednesday, September 30
7:30pm - Seating Area opens at 6:30pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Cultural Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA


Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters in partnership with the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and Kepler's Books.

"Rywka's Diary" is being published 70 years after it was found in 1945 in the runs of Auschwitz.

A Red Army doctor found a diary of a teenage girl in the ruins of Auschwitz after its liberation in 1945 and took it back with her to the Soviet Union. It has been in her private possession for more than seventy years until it was discovered after her death by her granddaughter.  "Rywka's Diary" is an astonishing historical document and a moving tribute to the many ordinary people whose lives were forever altered by the Holocaust.

Handwritten in a school notebook between October 1943 and April 1944, Rwyka Lipszyc detailed the brutal conditions that Jews in the Lodz ghetto, the second largest in Poland, endured under the Nazis: poverty, hunger and malnutrition, religious oppression, and, in Rywka's case, the death of her parents and siblings. The diary is also a coming-of-age story, in which a young woman expresses her curiosity about the world and her place in it and reflects on her relationship with Goda remarkable affirmation of her commitment to Judaism and her faith in humanity. The diary ends literally in mid-sentence.  What became of Rywka is a mystery.

Moving and illuminating, told by a brave young girl whose strong and charismatic voice speaks for millions, "Rywka's Diary" is an extraordinary addition to the history of the Holocaust and World War II.

Dr. Anita Friedman has served as the president of the Koret Foundation and has also been a Mayor's appointee as Commissioner of the San Francisco Human Services Commission. She also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the USC Shoah Foundation, Taube Foundation, AIPAC, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She completed a Wexner Foundation Fellowship in 2004 and has received numerous awards, including the State of California's Family Service Council Distinguished Leadership Award, The International Louis Kraft Award, the National Myrtle Wreath Award, Jewish Community Federation's Professional of the Year, and the Raoul Wallenberg Club Public Service Award.

Ticket Information:

$45.00 -- Premier Ticket. Includes 1 Hardcover copy of "Rywka's Diary", premier seating, and priority in the signing line.
$25.00 -- General Admission. Does not include book.
$12.00 -- Student Ticket (must show ID)

The book will be available for pickup, and for sale, at the event.


Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - Cultural Hall (View)
3921 Fabian Way, Cultural Hall
Palo Alto, CA 943033144
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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