Geschichtsreihe / Oral History Series
We are inviting
individuals from our community to share their life’s stories and dialogue
with participants. Meetings are facilitated by Dr.
Marion Gerlind. Order and pre-pay for tickets below. For more information and reservations, email Marion or
call (510) 430-2673. To see previous speakers
and topics, click
here, or scroll down to see pictures of
our speakers and click to see their
Teilnahmebeitrag: $20, GICS Mitglieder: $10, wenn möglich,
aber nicht obligatorisch. (Suggested contribution: $20, GICS Members:
$10, no one turned away for lack of funds.)
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
|Jude Bell, photo: © 2019 Marion Gerlind
Jude Bell: Berlin and I Have Changed
April 28, 2019 • 2-4 • Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies • RSVP by
Jude Bell, born and raised in a small town in Central Washington, made a much-desired transition to urban life when she moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington in 1969. She earned two BA’s: one in German Language and Literature, the other an Independent Studies degree, “Psychology and Literature: a Jungian Analysis of Hermann Hesse’s Damian.”
After completing her undergraduate studies in 1975, Jude was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study at the Universität Hamburg. It was during her year in Hamburg that she first traveled to Berlin, then a divided city. Experiencing the sharp contrast between East and West Berlin was the beginning of her passion for this major European metropolis.
That first visit was followed by many more, and she witnessed the immense changes which Berlin experienced over the course of the following forty years—from divided city to a jubilantly reunited city and eventually as the new capital of Germany. As she said, “I celebrated my 50th birthday in Berlin, because I wanted to be in a city that had changed as much as I had.”
Jude is currently studying advanced German at the Gerlind Institute, and in 2016 she co-led an educational tour of Hamburg and Berlin along with Dr. Marion Gerlind, Director of the Gerlind Institute.
|photo courtesy of Anna Rabkin
Anna Rabkin: “Survival is sweet revenge”– A displaced child's search for identity and belonging
June 9, 2019 • 2-4 • Hosted at the Taoist Center, 3824 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland • RSVP by
Anna Rabkin was born in Krakow, Poland; the outbreak of World War II forced her family to flee the invading German army. Her family was hunted by Communists and persecuted by the Nazis, only Anna and her brother survived.
After the war, a Kindertransport brought Anna to England. Adopted by relatives, she emigrated first to New York and then, with her husband, to the political hotbed of Berkeley. While a student at UCB, she raised two children, worked in local politics, and in 1979 was elected to city office. When she retired, Anna chaired the Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s capital campaign for the Downtown Library.
The author of From Krakow to Berkeley: Coming out of Hiding, and co-author with Marty Rabkin of Public Libraries: Travel Treasures of the American West, she holds master’s degrees in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and in History from California State University, East Bay.
Our Oral History Series!
2018 marked the eleventh 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!
Through the dedicated volunteer
work of the Gerlind Institute's team, especially JB, Aaron Woeste, Loren Norman,
and many others, GICS has hosted 41
Oral Histories since 2007—no small
feat for a grassroots organization such
as ours, which relies completely on community
Despite all the work that
goes into organizing each event, admission remains
accessible, as we want everyone to participate.
No one is turned away for lack of funds. The Series
is primarily funded through income from
the GICS teaching
program, memberships, and
donations. With the generosity of volunteers, participants
of whom have donated their honoraria—we
have been able to sustain our Series.
We are calling on you, our community,
to support your Series through your generosity,
as we hope you benefit directly, or indirectly,
through Gerlind Institute’s
educational services. Please help secure
History Series' sustainability by becoming
a GICS member in 2019. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/membership.html,
here. You can also make a tax-deductible
donation. Visit www.gerlindinstitute.org/donate.html,
or click here.
Your act of generosity, whether large or
small, will build fiscal stability and enable us to create more unique programming.
We will apply your donation
to the costs of upcoming events.
We are 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
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