Rywka’s Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto
Please join us for a book reading of Rywka’s Diary
with JFCS Executive Director Anita Friedman
Rywka Lipszyc was a 14-year old Jewish girl, orphaned and living in the Lodz ghetto. From October 1943 to April 1944, she recorded her thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams in her diary. Along with 67,000 other inhabitants of the Lodz ghetto, Rywka was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1944. Months later, in June 1945, her diary was found in the ashes of the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau by Zinaida Berezovskaya, a doctor with the Soviet Army that had liberated the camp.
The diary details Rywka’s activities at work and in school; her relationships with her friends and family; and describes events in the ghetto. Despite the crushing circumstances she endured in the Lodz ghetto, Rywka worked, studied, participated in literary clubs and cultural activities, wrote poetry, and dreamed of a better future.
Wednesday, September 30
7:30pm – Seating Area opens at 6:30pm
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Cultural Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters in partnership with the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and Kepler’s Books.