Two Phoenix women - Helen Handler, a survivor of Auschwitz, and Valerie Foster, an Irish-Catholic public school teacher - met weekly for two years as one unfolded her story of survival to the other. The intimate conversations that resulted between these two women of very different backgrounds, generations, religions, and cultures, probe deep questions of faith, forgiveness, love and survival, leading to a profound friendship and powerful message in Valerie’s book, The Risk of Sorrow.
Join us at the Downtown Chandler Library on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. for Conversations with Holocaust Survivor Helen Handler. Helen will be sharing an overview of her experience as a fifteen-year-old in Auschwitz, the challenges of survival, and the sustenance of hope. Valerie will discuss finding the strength to "risk sorrow" as an educator in order to teach the Holocaust. Both will be answering questions and signing books.
The story of the Holocaust is powerful and wide-reaching, and has been explored in many resources. Find more books in our catalog or on the library's nonfiction shelves at 940.5318. Do further research with World History in Context, a database of reference resources, journal articles, and primary sources. Independent filmmakers have also dealt with the subject in documentaries and dramas, available through IndieFlix.