Unique talk at UCL

From Experience, to Memoir, to History: Henny Brenner in Nazi Dresden

Monday 21 May 2012, 6.45 pm
Gustave Tuck Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1

Teachers and students are invited to what will be a very memorable evening that is being jointly staged by the Anne Frank Trust UK and University College London.

The event features a presentation and discussion with Henny Brenner, born in Dresden Germany in 1924. Henny, a Jewish girl, survived Nazi rule in Dresden as a forced labourer, until the firebombing of the city by the Allies enabled her liberation. Henny is the author of This Song Is Over: A Jewish Girl in Dresden, translated by the late Baradar Fischer.

Henny will speak about her experiences as a child in Weimar Germany, a teenager under the Nazis, and the subsequent period under Soviet domination. This Song Is Over has been described as “A rich and significant account…The fleshing out of the details of her family’s normal bourgeois life, including wash-day and monthly theatre visits is exemplary.  Likewise, Brenner’s account of school life is illuminating from a number of perspectives, not the least of which is the initial lesson in racial ‘biology’ from a Nazi teacher, in which she was identified as a ‘typical Aryan girl’.”

This will be a fascinating insight into living under two tyrannies and will be a once in a lifetime experience for sixth form students of European history.

The evening is free of charge but by prior reservation by calling Marsha Selwyn on 020 7284 5858 or email marsha@annefrank.org.uk referencing ‘Talk by Henny Brenner’.  I do hope you will be able to join us, with your students.

Lucy Glennon

Head of Education

Anne Frank Trust UK

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