Mündliche Geschichtsreihe

We are inviting women and men from our community to share their life's stories and dialogue with participants. The meeting is facilitated by Dr. Marion Gerlind. For more information and reservations, email Marion or call (510) 430-2673. RSVP required. Teilnahmebeitrag: $20, GICS Mitglieder: $10, wenn möglich, aber nicht obligatorisch. (Suggested contribution: $20, GICS Members: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)

Our Oral History Series can receive, and acknowledge, tax-deductible donations and grants. To see previous speakers and topics, click here, or scroll down to see pictures of our speakers and click to see their summary.


The Oral History Series is a project of the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through dialogue and the arts. We invite women and men from our community to share their life's stories and dialogue with the audience, promoting cross-cultural understanding. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Visit http://www.gerlindinstitute.org for more information on donations and membership.


photo courtesy of Ilse EdenOral History with Ilse Eden: A Kindertransport Rescue: Journey from Berlin to England to the USA
Sunday, March 25, 2018 • 2-4 p.m. •  Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies

Ilse Eden was born in Berlin, Germany, to non-observant Jewish parents, in 1928. Although an only child, she was surrounded by extended family and friends. After the ascent of Hitler in 1933, life for Jews gradually became circumscribed and risky.  Ilse first went to a parochial, and then, a Jewish school. Her mother wanted to emigrate, but her father was reluctant to leave because he was allowed to continue working as a lawyer, being a veteran of World War I.

Ilse remembers “Kristallnacht.” After that, England agreed to admit 10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children, and Ilse was chosen as one of a group of 12 sponsored by a Jewish pediatrician in London. She emigrated March 15, 1939, and lived with these children until the outbreak of war, when all children were evacuated from London. She graduated from a boarding school in Cornwall at the end of the war, in 1945.

Ilse’s mother was able to come to England as a domestic servant. Ilse saw her during school vacations until they emigrated to Los Angeles together in 1947. Her father had been issued a visa to go to Cuba in 1942, but Hitler had issued an edict that men under 50 were not allowed to leave Germany. Her father was 48 years old at that time. He was deported and killed in Auschwitz.

After Ilse emigrated to the United States, she went to night school college and then to the Graduate School of Social Work. She worked as a social worker for 50 years, and along the way married, and had two children. She now spends her time exercising, walking, taking classes, and enjoys traveling and visiting her two grandchildren in Utah.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 • 2-4:00 p.m.
Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies
RSVP by March 21, 2018

Light refreshments will be served
Suggested donations: $20 • GICS members: $10
No one turned away for lack of funds.

photo courtesy of Inge HortonOral History with Inge Horton: Finding My Place in the World
Sunday, May 27, 2018 •  Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies

Inge Schaefer Horton was born in Hannover, Germany, and grew up in Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia during, and after, World War II.

After graduation, Inge studied architecture at the Technical Universities of Hannover and Berlin, where approximately 10% of students were women. After graduating as a Diplom Ingenieur in 1965, Inge worked at the TU Berlin as a Research Associate, and wrote her first book, Early Modern Architecture in Berlin.

Her marriage to U.S. American engineer, Marvin Horton, led them to live in Italy and Saudi Arabia, before settling in the United States in 1969. As a re-entry student, with two young daughters, she earned a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at the UC Berkeley. Inge worked as a city planner with a private company and the planning departments of the cities of San Jose and San Francisco.

After retiring, Inge pursued her passion for researching the history of women architects, and published Early Women Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area - The Lives and Work of Fifty Professionals, 1890-1951, in 2010. Living in San Francisco and traveling to Europe and Asia bring her great pleasure.

RSVP by May 21 to marion@gerlindinstitute.org, or call (510) 430-2673

Sunday, May 27, 2018 • 2-4:00 p.m.
Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies

RSVP by May 23, 2018
Light refreshments will be served
Suggested donations: $20 • GICS members: $10
No one turned away for lack of funds.


Save Our Oral History Series!

elana levy
elana levy (middle)

2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the GICS Oral History Series, which has become the touchstone of our community programs. It grew from Dr. Gerlind’s passion for interviewing Holocaust survivors whose stories were at risk of being lost. Inspired by their lives, the Gerlind Institute continues to bring unforgettable speakers from in and outside our Bay Area community. We have witnessed their voices and stories, and have been transformed. We are incredibly grateful to every speaker, co-sponsor, and audience participant from the past ten years!

Monica Clyde at EGC
audience at Dr. Monica Clyde's presentation

Through the dedicated volunteer work of the Gerlind Institute's team, especially JB, Aaron Woeste, Catherine Norman, and many others, GICS has been able to present 34 Oral Histories since 2007—no small feat for a grassroots organization such as ours, which relies completely on community support!

Despite all the work that goes into organizing each event, admission remains accessible, as we want everyone to participate. We turn no one away for lack of funds. The Series is primarily funded through income from the GICS teaching program, memberships, and donations. Even with the generosity of volunteers, participants and speakers—many of whom have donated their honoraria—we have been unable to sustain our Series.

Cynthia James
Cynthia James

We are calling on you, our community, to support our Series through your generosity, as we hope you benefit directly, or indirectly, through Gerlind Institute’s educational services.  Please help secure our Oral History Series' sustainability by becoming a GICS member in 2018. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/membership.html, or click here. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/donate.html, or click here.

Annegret Ogden
Annegret Ogden

Your act of generosity, whether large or small, will build fiscal stability and enable us to create more of this unique programming.

We will apply your donation to the costs of our upcoming events.

We need your support to ensure the survival of this one-of-a-kind program. I am grateful for any amount you are kindly willing to give and your continued support as a GICS community member! We look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming event!

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      INgrid Kepler-May Daniel Polikoff Pastorin Kerstin Weidmann
Peter Erlenwein photo Travis Fetter Ingird Peterson Ingrid Veit Alexander Feng
Monica Clyde Annegret Ogden Bridge Markland Dr. Marion Gerlind Dr. Michaela Grobbel Elana Levy
Ika Huegel-Marshall Michael Bachmann Birgit Mahner Dr. Miriam Zimmermann Leah Sharp Dr. Werner Loewenstein
Leticia Andreas-Wolf Angelika Quirk Dr. Berta Maria Hines Susanne Batzdorff Community Roundtable
Elana Levy Madhuri Anji Bernhard Ruchti Cinthia James Toahna Meier Ralph Samuelson
Frieda Gordon Dilloo Rita Goldhor Leo Mark Horovitz Wine Seminar Sabrina Zimmering Kia Hügel-Marshall
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