Author Lilly Maier discusses her book, “Arthur and Lilly,” the autobiographical story of her unexpected friendship with a Holocaust survivor. The program for the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey is on Sunday, January 21, at 11 a.m., via Zoom.
In 1939, Arthur Kern’s parents sent him on a Kindertransport from Austria, hoping to save the 10-year-old from the Holocaust. The traumatic experience took him to France and then to America. Sixty-five years later, he returned to his parents’ apartment in Vienna, where he meets 11-year-old Lilly, whose home it was then. This chance meeting has a significant impact on their lives.
Lilly Maier, the daughter of Austrian journalists, was born in Munich in 1992. She received an M.A. in Jewish history from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and another M.A. in magazine journalism from New York University, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar.
“Arthur and Lilly” was first published in German; the English version was released in October.
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