While Mary and George Stern escaped the Holocaust and immigrated to the United States in 1938, Mary’s mother Sara Spira chose to stay in Germany. Mary and George settled in Racine, Wisconsin and maintained communication with their family trapped in Europe. Eventually, Sara was deported from Germany to Poland, where she continued to send postcards updating her children on the hardships she faced living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sara perished in the Holocaust, but her family kept her treasured correspondences.
Explore the history of Sara Spira and Mary and George Stern with Amos Bitzan, Assistant Professor of History at UW-Madison, who took his students on a journey of discovery to uncover the details of their experience through these postcards and letters.
Museum Members $3 | Non-members $7
Doors open 20 min prior to the lecture.
Sponsored by George L. Mosse / Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Offered in connection with Stitching Histories From the Holocaust, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, April 8 – September 16, 2018.