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Kerstin Lieff's mother, the late Margarete Dos, was a teenaged witness to Kristallnacht, nursed wounded boy soldiers for the German Red Cross and, after having lived through the aftermath of World War II, tried to escape to Sweden but was instead imprisoned in a Soviet gulag for two years before emigrating to Minnesota. Kerstin Lieff appears today to speak about her book, Letters from Berlin: a Story of War, Survival and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship (Lyons Press) which began as a series of conversations between mother and daughter and was recently excerpted in The Huffington Post.
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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Published this past autumn, Seattle (lifelong) activist Aaron Dixon's extraordinary memoir of Black Panther days in Seattleand life and causes along the wayMy People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain (Haymarket), has been going into many readers' hands. This is a vital, necessary story. "Dixon's lyrical prose provides a candid appraisal of the Black Panther Party that highlights the neglected contributions of Northwest activists. This is a striking blend of social history, memoir, and political analysis. Requires reading for all those interested in Black liberation struggles and radical history of the twentieth century." – Laura Chrisman, University of Washington. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.