Marlene Roberts will read and discuss her nonfiction story and an interview, both originally published in Hadassah magazine.
The memoir, "The Presence of Absence," is about a twelve-year old boy caught in the infamous Vel D’Hiv round-up. He escapes, but his mother is not as fortunate. "Sarah’s Key" is based on the same event, only this story’s resolution comes in 2000, not in 1942.
Vera Farris King, the first African-American woman president of a New Jersey college, used a large endowment to fund a Holocaust Chair. The chosen scholar serves for one year and is a Christian, not a Jew. Greatly criticized for her action, King said she firmly believed it needed to be studied from many perspectives.