A Conversation With My Mom: Bernice Lerner & Ruth Mermelstein (nee Rachel Genuth)
Sunday, Feb 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Before the word “Holocaust” entered modern parlance, Bernice Lerner learned about her parents’ wartime experiences. But before she learned what they had suffered and endured, she heard stories about their childhoods and post-war years, which seemed adventure-filled. Of course, the ruptures in their lives were more complicated and tragic than she could imagine as a child. In fact, it has taken decades of research for her to gain an understanding of what happened to members of her family. Lerner felt compelled her to write a book – All the Horrors of War which answers the question of how—against all odds—her mother survived.
Not only does Bernice tell her Mom’s story, but she details the parallel journey of a Liberator.
On April 15, 1945, Brigadier H. L. Glyn Hughes entered Bergen-Belsen for the first time. Waiting for him were 10,000 unburied corpses and 60,000 living prisoners, starving and sick. One month earlier, 15-year-old Rachel Genuth (Bernice’s Mom) arrived at Bergen-Belsen; deported with her family from Sighet, Transylvania, in May of 1944, Rachel had by then already endured Auschwitz, the Christianstadt labor camp, and a forced march through the Sudetenland. In All the Horrors of War, Bernice Lerner follows both Hughes and Genuth as they move across Europe toward Bergen-Belsen in the final, brutal year of World War II.
Join this special event where Bernice will introduce you to her incredible mom, who will be happy to answer your questions.