Bayside, NY — On Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Dr. Ann Kirschner, Dean of the CUNY Honors College and celebrated author, discussed her historical biography — “Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story” — at the 2006 Fall Presidential Lecture Series.
Dr. Kirschner’s book is based on a box full of letters that her mother, Sala, presented to her some 50 years after they were written. The numerous letters were the correspondence between Sala and her family and friends during her five years spent in a Nazi labor camp.
“The historical importance of letters is that they can do what no textbook can do,” said Dr. Kirschner who explained that letters bring personal, first—hand accounts of events as they occur. Through the more than 350 letters and extensive research, Dr. Kirschner learned what her mother had been through in the work camp and what had happened to the rest of her family and loved ones at the hands of the Nazis.
Approximately 150 of the Queensborough community, which included students, staff, faculty, members of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, board members, neighbors and the media, filled the auditorium to hear the lecture and experience a memorable afternoon rich in history, resilience and dedication.