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Holocaust survivor returns to Princeton with memoir, Feb. 21

Ruth Kluger will deliver a lecture on "Still Alive: Memory, Memoir, and the Voice of a Survivor," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Betts Auditorium of the School of Architecture.

Kluger is professor emerita at University of California at Irvine and a former member of Princeton University's German department. She returns to campus to discuss her Holocaust memoir, "Still Alive," just issued in a long-awaited English version (2001). Published in the original German as Weiter Leben (1992), the book was soon propelled by readers and critics to the German bestseller list. It has been translated into six other languages and awarded numerous European awards.

Considered by many to be a contemporary masterpiece of Holocaust literature, the work charts a deeply reflective but unsentimental journey through the harrowing experiences that shaped her life. Deported at the age of 11 from Vienna, first to Theresienstadt and then to Birkenau Auschwitz and beyond, Kluger rejects all easy assumptions about history, both political and personal, to speak with an impassioned and scrupulously honest voice. Kluger's presentation will include readings from her book and commentary.

Kluger's lecture is part of a series entitled New Perspectives on the Holocaust. It is cosponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies , the departments of History and Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Study .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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