Posts Tagged “holocaust”

Dispatches from 20th century immigrants, part five: Hanna

December 25, 201612 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, memoir writing, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! Loyal blog readers will recognize today’s featured immigrant – 96-year-old Hanna Bratman, a writer from the memoir-writing class I teach for older adults in downtown Chicago every Wednesday, grew up in a Jewish family who owned a butcher shop in Mannheim, Germany. “We had many Christian people working at the shop, […]

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Dispatches from 20th century immigrants, part three: Anna

December 21, 20166 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, memoir writing, Uncategorized

Anna Nessy Perlberg was born in Czechoslovakia. Her mother, Julia Nessy, was an opera singer, and her entire family was devoted to the arts. Her father was Jewish, and when Hitler seized Prague in 1939 she and her two older brothers and their parents left their beloved city for New York. Anna met her poet […]

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A note from the author

October 13, 201122 CommentsPosted in memoir writing, radio, Uncategorized, writing

Loyal blog readers will remember Hanna Bratman, the matriarch of the memoir-writing class I teach for Chicago senior citizens every Wednesday. Hanna grew up in Germany. Her family was Jewish, and Hanna escaped on her own before World War II. She was only 19 years old when she arrived, alone, in the United States. Others […]

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