Join us Thursday, October 22, 7:00-8:30pm, in the Orinda Library Auditorium to hear 94-year old Holocaust survivor, author and lecturer Dora Sorell tell her story and talk about her book Tell the Children: Letters to Miriam.
The East Bay resident is one of a handful of Bay Area Holocaust survivors still on the lecture circuit.
Born in Sighet, Romania, Sorell was deported to Auschwitz along with most of the town’s 10,000 Jewish residents. She survived the ordeal but her parents, two of her brothers and over 40 members of her extended family died in the gas chambers. She was liberated two days before the end of World War II, and returned to Sighet and to medical school. She eventually moved to New York and practiced medicine there. After retirement, Sorell and her husband moved to the Bay Area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Sorell’s memoir, Tell The Children: Letters to Miriam, is written in the form of letters to her granddaughter. Sorell states “It is important that young people know what happened so long ago, and those who already know should not forget.”
Noted scholar and historian Elie Wiesel has said of her memoir, “informative, perceptive and poignant. Its emotional impact is powerful. To read it is to come closer to historical events that will forever haunt mankind’s conscience.”
Cosponsored by the Orinda Library and Rotary Club of Orinda, this program is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.