Holocaust survivor Irene Levin Berman to shed new light on historic events

MATTHEW HOUSIAUX

mjhousiaux12@ole.augie.edu

The Jewish Holocaust is one of the most tragic and complex events of 20th century history. Survivor Irene Levin Berman will offer a new perspective on what happened when she speaks at Augustana this Saturday.

Berman is currently touring in conjunction with the release of her new book, “We are Going to Pick Potatoes”: Norway and the Holocaust, the Untold Story.

The book is part narrative history, part memoir, and, as the title suggests, it broaches the rarely explored effect of the Holocaust on the author’s home country of Norway

It has received the endorsement of fellow Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.

In addition to her work as a speaker and historian, Berman has also put in extensive work as a translator of Scandinavian languages.

She recently collaborated with an American author and actor to translate six of Henrik Ibsen’s most well-known plays into English.

Berman will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the 3-in-1 Room of the Morrison Commons.  The event is free and open to the public.