Mündliche 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. We acknowledge the financial support of generous Gerlind Institute donors and the Excelsior German Center.

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The Oral History Series is a project of the Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the teaching and promotion of German Cultural Studies. We invite members 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 our donations page, at www.gerlindinstitute.org for more information on donations.
Saturday, July 24, 2021 • 7-9:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. PDT •  Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies • via ZOOM

Gerson Finlev: A Child Survivor of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp
Saturday, July 24, 2021 • 7-9:00 p.m PDT via ZOOM •  RSVP by July 21 • Photo courtesy of Gerson Finlev

When Gerson Finlev was 2 years old, the Nazis imprisoned him and his family in the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague. The Finlevs remained there for 18 months until they were freed and returned to their home in Denmark.

15,000 children were deported to Theresienstadt. Only 100 came home, including Gerson and his brother. In this presentation, Gerson discusses his family’s story and survival of Theresienstadt.

Gerson Finlev was born in 1941 in Copenhagen, Denmark, during World War II. He worked as a goldsmith for 15 years before becoming a software engineer. In 1989, he, his American wife, and their three children moved from Copenhagen to the Bay Area.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our in-person Oral History events to ZOOM. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact JB at info@gerlindinstitute.org




Support Our Oral History Series!

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audience at Dr. Monica Clyde's presentation

2021 marks the fourteenth 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 team, especially JB, Loren Norman, and many others, GICS has hosted 51 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. 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 and speakers—many 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 our Oral History Series' sustainability by becoming a GICS member in 2021. 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.

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 upcoming event!

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