Local Author Coffee Talk
Monday, October 25 | 7:00 PM
Tampa JCC Cohn Campus | J Stage Theatre
Betty Grebenshikoff; Once My Name Was Sara
Ticket $5 | Coffee & Dessert and Book Signing Event
Betty Grebenschikoff (née 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. During World War II the Jewish refugees were interned by Japanese authorities in a segregated area of Shanghai, also known as the Shanghai Ghetto. 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.