THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES with Best Selling Author Thomas Harding, German Jews and Germany: Searching for the Truth

Wednesday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom

Please join us on Wednesday, October 13 at 1:30 pm for the second installment of The Distinguished Speakers Series, with bestselling author Thomas Harding to speak about German Jews and Germany: Searching for the Truth. Harding’s books have been translated into more than 16 languages. Among them is Hans and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz (2013) that won the JQ-Wingate Prize for Non-Fiction. Harding has written for the Sunday Times, the Washington Post, and The Guardian, among other publications. His book The House By The Lake was short-lined for the Costa Biography Award. Other books include Blood On The Page, which won the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger Award for “Non-Fiction,” and Future History, which was short-lined for the German Children’s Literature Award 2021. His next book White Debt will be published in January 2022.

After Harding’s initial presentation, Rabbi Altshuler will join in a dialogue that will touch on various subjects. Harding’s great expertise is “Germany: Yesterday and Today.” Rabbi Altshuler and Thomas Harding will be exploring Harding’s family Jewish roots, how Jews lived in Berlin before World War II, how they escaped Germany and arrived in London. The story of dismantling, hiding, and bringing a sacred Torah Scroll from a Berlin synagogue is a fascinating insight into how the Jews were determined to preserve their Jewish roots and bring them to a new country.

Harding’s uncle, Hans Alexander, heroically captured Rudolph Hoess, the Commandant of Auschwitz, and brought him to Nuremburg, where his testimony sealed the doom of his Nazi cohorts. The dialogue will also discuss the history of Germany from the war to today---how has Germany changed and how is the Jewish story there continuing to be written.

Future speakers in the TBS Distinguished Speakers Series will include Austrian Ambassador Christoph Weidinger on November 10 at 1:30 pm and Biblical Professor John Barton (Oxford University) on December 8 at 1:30 pm.

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