Wednesdays at 11AM
Free to attend
The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
August 18: Liliane Willins
Liliane Willens was born of Russian Jewish parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French school. Her parents, she and her siblings experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, and later the Chinese civil war between the Nationalists and the communists. While waiting for her US immigration visa, Liliane lived two years under the newly established People’s Republic of China.
When Liliane immigrated to the US, she studied at Boston University where she received her undergraduate degree, M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language and 18th century French Literature. Dr. Willens taught these subjects at Boston College and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She published a book on Voltaire and several articles on 18th century France and on various other topics. Later. moving to Washington, DC, she worked for the US Agency for International Development and Peace Corps.
When Liliane retired, she gave talks on cruise ships sailing around the world, and presently publishes articles related to China and gives lectures on Old Shanghai in the greater Washington, DC area, in various cities in the US and overseas.
This program will be run virtually through Zoom.
This program is part of the statewide Stop the Hate Ohio Holocaust Education Campaign, an initiative of Cincinnati’s Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center and Cleveland’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.