In My Own Words with Betty Grebenschikoff, Holocaust Survivor, and her daughter, Jennifer R. Grebenschikoff
Tuesday, Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Betty Grebenschikoff (née Ilse Kohn) is a Holocaust survivor. When her peaceful childhood in Berlin, Germany, was shattered by Nazi violence against Jews, the family was forced to flee to China in 1939. They were just one step ahead of the Gestapo. Shanghai was the only open port at that time that admitted European Jews without visas or passports. It became a place of refuge for about 20,000 refugees.
Grebenschikoff grew up in Shanghai where the family tried to make a living under difficult circumstances. During World War II the Jewish refugees were interned by Japanese authorities in a segregated area of Shanghai, also known as the Shanghai Ghetto. Life became even harder than before.
In 1950 political events in China made yet another escape necessary, this time to Australia. Grebenschikoff finally realized her dream of emigrating to America in 1953.
Betty Grebenschikoff lectures extensively to museums, organizations, schools and colleges. She is featured in two documentary films: Shanghai Ghetto, which premiered in 2002, and the more recently released Survival in Shanghai. She was also a volunteer consultant to the world premiere of Shanghai Sonatas Production, University of Delaware, February 2020.
Hear Betty share her story and answer your questions!