Cynthia Crane “The Story of Divided Lives”

Cynthia Crane “The Story of Divided Lives”
Thursday, March 1, 7pm

Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts
Ohio University Lancaster (http://www.lancaster.ohiou.edu/)
1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster
Free and open to the public

In DIVIDED LIVES: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF JEWISH-CHRISTIAN WOMEN IN NAZI GERMANY, Dr. Cynthia Crane, whose paternal family escaped from Nazi Germany, has collected, translated, and interpreted the life stories of ten women who survived. These are universal stories of hope and survival that transcend time, race, religion, class, and gender. (http://www.dividedlives.com/)

Dr. Crane describes the dramatic true stories of girls and women who endured persecution because of their mixed religious heritage. Most attention on the Holocaust rightfully focuses on the plight of Jews in concentration camps, but not all victims of Nazi persecution were put to death. Many survived, according to Crane, lost in social and political limbo, shunned by friends, neighbors, and often family because of their “mixed” religious heritage. Hundreds of thousands of Mischling (half-breed) children found themselves socially isolated because a parent or grandparent was Jewish. Dr. Crane chronicles her journey and those she interviewed.

Cynthia Crane is Associate Professor of English at The University of Cincinnati. She is also a communications consultant, primarily for small businesses, a speaker and lecturer. Among her awards are a J. William Fulbright Scholarship, a P.E.O. National Scholar’s Award, and a URC University of Cincinnati Research Grant. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in various publications.

The presentation, sponsored by the Ohio University Lancaster Campus Cultural Events Committee and The Ohio Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open to the public. (http://www.lancaster.ohiou.edu/pages/news-events/divided.htm)

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