Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.
Lee Bycel’s new book, Refugees in America, gives voice to the real people at the center of the immigration debate by focusing on the stories of individuals from different countries—from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving Auschwitz, to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Bycel’s insights provide historical context for the moving first-person accounts that tell the story of human resilience, suffering, and determination.
Rabbi Lee T. Bycel is a humanitarian activist, teacher, and author, and the Sinton Visiting Professor of Holocaust, Ethics and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco. He has visited refugee camps in Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Haiti; written extensively about the plight of refugees; and secured much needed funding for medical clinics in refugee camps. Appointed by President Obama, he served on the board of the United States Holocaust Museum and its Committee on Conscience from 2014 to 2019.
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