“A Tribute to Jack and Rochelle: Creating a Record of Holocaust
Survival" will be presented by Lawrence Sutton at 3:30 pm on Thursday, December 1 in Montague 80 at UMD.
A reception and book-signing follows the presentation in the lobby of the Marshall Performing Arts Center.
Lawrence Sutin and his parents, Jack and Rochelle Sutin, wrote Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance, published in 1995 by Greywolf Press. Sutin, a Minnesota author and faculty member at Hamline University, will present his parents' stories as resistance fighters as well sharing insights on the collaborative undertaking. "As a writer, I want to be able to focus not only on their story, but on the process by which that story came to be written," Sutin said.
Jack and Rochelle Sutin, as Polish Jews, fled separately in 1942 from their respective ghettos, where they had been relocated by theGermans. Each hid in the woods; and, after harrowing encounters with anti-Semitic escaping Russian soldiers, Rochelle joined Jack's group of Jewish partisans (resistance fighters). Although mere acquaintances before the outbreak of war, Jack and Rochelle fell in love and together fought in the resistance movement, enduring near-starvation, disease and the constant threat of capture by Germans and Poles. They hid in dank underground bunkers or camps, often unaware of the outside world. After the war, the Sutins married and emigrated to the U.S.
The event is co-sponsored by the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies (Alworth Institute).
For information contact Associate Professor Alexis Pogorelskin, Department of History: