“We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”, Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story

Program with Author Irene Levin Berman
Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m.

Irene Levin Berman
“We Are Going to Pick Potatoes”, Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story is not only a narrative of the Holocaust but also a remembrance of growing up Jewish in Norway during and after World War II. (Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.)

Irene Levin Berman, a child Holocaust survivor, was born and raised in Norway. Nazi Germany invaded Norway in 1940 and by fall 1942 the deportation of Norwegian Jews had begun.  Irene, age 4, and her family escaped to neutral Sweden. Of Norway’s 2000 Jews, almost 40% were  deported. Seven members of Irene’s father’s immediate family were among the 771 victims murdered in Auschwitz. Years later Irene married an American and has lived in the United States most of her life. In 2007, she began her journey into the past in order to tell the untold story. To learn more, visitnorwayandtheholocaust.com and www.norway.org.

Sponsored by the Norwegian American organizations of metropolitan Washington together with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in cooperation with the George Washington University. A reception and book signing followed the program.