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Swarsensky Saturday Morning Program

Saturday, November 10, 2018 2 Kislev 5779

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMAdult Lounge

Pamela Philips Olson will present the story of her family’s rescue after the devastating pogroms in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s.

Most families who survived did not talk about the pogroms. The stories were too heartbreaking. In America, they wanted to start anew and not burden their children with sadness. Like the award-winning author and traditional Yiddish music performer Henry Sapoznik, Pamela is fortunate to be able to tell her family’s story because, in spite of incredible struggles, ultimately the tale led to escape and freedom.

In her talk, she weaves together the historical, personal, and political, including oral and written history from survivors of the journey. She also displays several treasures from the period, including a silver matchbox that was instrumental in saving twenty-one lives.

After Pamela gave her talk to a full house at the “Generation to Generation Festival” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum in Manhattan in April, one attendee, Ed Wetschler, editor of Recommend Magazine and a New York Times contributor, wrote, “I could tell you some hair-raising stories about pogroms. But Pam’s story was different: heroic, even swashbuckling. And triumphant.”


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