MDC to host authors during Holocaust Education Week

MDC to host authors during Holocaust Education Week

Author Carla McClafferty

In collaboration with the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial’s Holocaust Education Week, Miami Dade College (MDC) will host two author discussions on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 26.

The informative, deeply moving discussions will take place at MDC’s Homestead and Kendall campuses and feature a noted author and a Holocaust survivor. The lectures are open free to the public.

MDC is renowned for its holocaust and genocide education program based at the Homestead Campus and with communitywide programs and projects.

On Feb. 24, Leah Roth will discuss her forthcoming memoir, My Eyes Looking Back at Me, which examines her experiences in the Holocaust and after. As an observant Jew, Roth struggled not only to survive the Holocaust and Auschwitz but struggled to keep her religious identity in the face of evil. Her story spans 90 years and moves from Europe to Israel and finally to Miami. The discussion will take place at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Homestead Campus, 500 College Terr., Building F, Room 222.

On Feb. 26, Carla McClafferty, an author, freelance writer and speaker, will discuss her book, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varion Fry, which highlights the life of Fry, an American journalist in Vichy, France from 1940-41. He ran an underground network that saved up to 4,000 Jewish and anti-Nazi artists, intellectuals, writers, and political dissidents. He did so in defiance of not only Hitler, but the Vichy Regime and the U.S. State Department. He is one of only three Americans to be awarded Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations honor.

The discussion will be at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St.

For more information, contact MDC Humanities and Social Sciences chair Randy Kaufman at 305-237-5267.


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