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New Oakton Jewish studies program recalls Kindertransport

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By Submitted by Oakton Community College

For nearly a year before World War II began, the Kindertransport (children's transport) saved nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from the growing Nazi threat.

Learn more about this extraordinary rescue operation during "Imagined and Guilty Identities: Remembering the Kindertransport," featuring Phyllis Lassner, professor with The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies Writing Program and Gender Studies at Northwestern University.


The presentation -- sponsored by Oakton's new Jewish Studies Concentration -- will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., in Room A145-152. Admission is free.

Lassner will explore the memoirs, plays, and novels of Anglo-Jewish women on the effort to transport children from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to the United Kingdom. Her talk also features The Kindertransport, an exhibition by Anthony Stetina under the instruction of Judy Langston, professor of art and design, and Nathan Harpaz, curator, Koehnline Museum of Art.

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