Irene Levin Berman Lecture on campus, Nov. 14

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Norwegian American organizations of metropolitan Washington* and GW present Irene Levin Berman, child Holocaust survivor and author of “We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”: Norway and the Holocaust.

Berman’s book (published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) is both a narrative of the Holocaust and a remembrance of growing up Jewish in Norway during and after World War II.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:00-8:30pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street, NW

A special introduction will be given by Dr. Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at GW and former director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A reception and book signing will follow the program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The program is open to all alumni, but space is limited. Register here or call 202-994-7129.

Irene Levin Berman was born and raised in Norway.  Nazi Germany invaded Norway in 1940 and by fall 1942 the deportation of Norwegian Jews had begun.  Irene, age 4, and her family escaped to neutral Sweden.  Of Norway’s 2000 Jews, almost 40% were deported.  Seven members of Irene’s father’s immediate family were among the 771 victims murdered in Auschwitz. Years later Irene married an American and has lived in the United States most of her life. In 2007, she began her journey into the past in order to tell the untold story. To learn more, visit and

*Sons of Norway, Norwegian Society, Norwegian Ladies Club, Norwegian Church of Washington

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