Date(s) - April 15, 2013
12:30 am - 2:00 am
Temple Beth Zion
Who Saved My Mother?
Discovering Glyn Hughes, Liberator of Bergen-Belsen
with Bernice Lerner, PhD
Sunday, April 14, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM in the TBZ sanctuary
After enduring Auschwitz, a labor camp, a five-week death march, and seven days in a cattle car, fifteen-year-old Rachel arrived in Bergen-Belsen. It was mid-March 1945. One month later, the British Second Army entered and “liberated” the God forsaken concentration camp. Bernice
Lerner will discuss her current project, a dual biography of her mother, Rachel, and Brigadier Glyn Hughes, Deputy Director of Medical Services for the British Second Army. Through the stories of these two unequal protagonists, we may begin to grasp complex and harrowing end-of-war events.
Dr. Bernice Lerner is director of adult learning at Hebrew College, where she oversees innovative programs for Greater Boston’s Jewish community. She also serves as a senior scholar at the Center for Character and Social Responsibility at Boston University’s School of Education. In addition to teaching courses related to the Holocaust, character and ethics education, and educational leadership, Dr. Lerner has given numerous presentations and consults with education leaders internationally. Dr. Lerner is the author of The Triumph of Wounded Souls: Seven Holocaust Survivors’ Lives (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), co-editor of Great Lives, Vital Lessons: A Character Education Curriculum Resource (Character Development Group, 2004), and several essays on character education. She is a co-author and editor of Happiness and Virtue: Beyond East and West Toward A New Global Responsibility (Charles Tuttle Co., 2012).