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Past Events

Past EventsMonday, February 23

Hermann Simon: Gone to Ground

Hermann Simon
Chair: Henrietta Foster

Gone to Ground is derived from the tape recordings Hermann Simon made of his mother, Marie Jalowicz Simon, who survived the Second World War by throwing away her yellow star and going to ground. The memoir, translated into English by Anthea Bell, is a German bestseller. Dr Simon, who is director of Berlin’s New Synagogue, will talk about his mother’s extraordinary story with journalist Henrietta Foster.

Dr. Hermann Simon was born in Berlin to Holocaust survivor parents and is the director of the Neue Synagoge Berlin-Centrum Judaicum Foundation, which he helped found in 1988. He has written numerous articles on the history of Jews in Germany and numismatics, as well as Das Berliner Jüdische Museum in der Oranienburger Straße, the third edition of which appeared in 2000. He is editor of the series Jewish Memoirs and Jewish Miniatures and co-editor of Jews in Berlin (with Andreas Nachama and Julius Schoeps).

Henrietta Foster is a freelance producer and director, working regularly with Newsnight. She has made TV documentaries for the BBC and is writing a book about Hungarian Jews.

Book by emailing info@jewishbookweek.com or telephoning 020 7446 8771 (10.30am to 5.30pm Monday 15th December – Thursday 18th December and from Monday 5th January every weekday 10.30am – 5.30pm). You can also purchase a ticket at the museum on the day, subject to availability. 

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