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When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs - a presentation by Peter Schrag

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

In a compelling approach to storytelling, When Europe Was A Prison Camp weaves together two accounts of a family’s escape from occupied Europe. The first is a memoir
written by the father, Otto, in 1941; the other was begun by the son more than forty years later. Peter and his mother escaped from Belgium before the roundup of Jews began; Otto was interned in southern France, but escaped before the start of massive deportations to death camps.

Otto Schrag (1902-1971) was among the last Jews to get a PhD from Heidelberg University before the war. In 1935, he fled Germany for Brussels, where he was arrested as an enemy alien following the German invasion. He went on to write four novels and translate From Here to Eternity into German.

Peter Schrag is a journalist and the author of Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future and Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America, among other books. A former executive editor of Saturday Review and editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, he has written for The AtlanticHarper’s, the NationNew Republic, the New York Times, and other major publications.

Co-presented by JFCS Holocaust Center and AJC.

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.