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Cummings Speaker Series: Karen Kirsten

In Person at Tufts Hillel

September 28 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

Every other week this fall, sit down with someone whose life has been impacted by genocide, from survivors to their children to those who commit themselves to preventing future genocides.

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Dinner will be served!

About Karen Kirsten

A former internet executive, Karen Kirsten is an Australian-American writer who lectures on the topics of hatred and reconciliation around the world. Raised in Australia by a Holocaust survivor mother and grandparents who silenced her questions about extermination camps, Karen lived among refugees who were hiding horrible secrets to reinvent themselves. After
Karen discovered the grandmother she loved was in fact her mother’s aunt, she traveled the globe to uncover her family’s hidden past. She found the heroes who saved her mother and then facilitated awarding them Righteous Among The Nations medals. Karen’s Narratively essay, Searching For The Nazi Who Saved My Mother’s Life, was nominated for Best American Essays. She’s also written for Salon, The Week, Więż in Poland, The Jerusalem Post, and Boston’s NPR.


As an educator for Facing History Facing Ourselves, Karen recognizes the importance of discussing students’ most frequent question: “Was the SS officer who saved your mother a ‘good’ Nazi?”

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