Organizers

Lauren Leiderman

Project Lead

Lauren Leiderman is an American living in Germany and the author of The Poesie Book of Eva Goldberg. She collaborated with with the United States Consulate in Leipzig to bring twenty Jewish descendants from around the world to participate in the weeklong event.

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In addition to being an amature historian, Lauren is a certified ESL teacher in Germany, and former professional opera singer.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys foraging for mushrooms, baking, traveling (especially to Israel to see family), playing the piano, and spending time with her family: Mark, Aidan, Abital, and miniature schnauzer Tallulah.

Daniel Breutmann

german correspondent

As a native of Görlitz, Daniel has a very strong interest in Jewish History, particularly as it pertains to the city district. He is the director of the Kulturbüro Görlitz, the parent of the Stolpersteine Guide Görlitz/Zgorzelec. Together with Lauren, he has brought fifteen stolpersteine to be laid in Görlitz.

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Daniel Breutmann was born in 1976 in Görlitz. As a child, he moved to Darwin, Australia where he grew up. As a young adult, Daniel returned to Saxony where he studied political science, history and sociology in Dresden and later in Basel, Switzerland. 2003 – 2005 educational advisor at the Politischer Jugendring Dresden. Daniel has been a very active figure in the Görlitz district where from 2005 to 2007 he served as a research assistant and project manager in the arts and culture in the Capital of Culture office in Görlitz-Zgorzelec. Daniel is an accomplished publicist and the author of numerous newspaper columns. His publications include: “Tourist Infrastructure Concept for Görlitz and Zgorzelec” (2006) “Urban Development Concept Rothenburg Ol. 2010 – 2030” Ed. City of Rothenburg (2011)

From 2007 to 2009, Daniel was employed by the business development agency in the European city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec GmbH for business development, marketing and tourism. Then worked in the Görlitz district office, as editor-in-chief for the Görlitz district strategy concept and as a demography coach in the Görlitz district. 

Daniel is the proud papa to a sweet little girl.

Magdalena Lambertz

polish correspondent

Magda is the editor and translator of the Polish edition of The Poesie Book of Eva Goldberg.

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Magdalena Lambertz was born 1989 in Upper Silesia. She lives and works in the “cross-border” town of Görlitz. Her heart is tied to her home region and Lower Silesia, especially Wroclaw, where she completed her dream studies in art history. For many years she has been professionally and temporarily connected with art, in particular with art trade. In this field she considers her biggest achievement to be the apprenticeship at Sotheby’s – the most renowned auction house in the world.

Although she describes her relationship with the country across the Oder as “complicated”, she married a German. They raise their daughter together – bilingually and biculturally. She reflects on the cultural identity and heritage of both Upper and Lower Silesians – the fates of her ancestors, like those of the signatories of Eva Goldberg’s poesie book, were torn apart by the turmoil of war and historical complexities.

Currently, she is trying her hand at IT.

Tamara Meyer

American correspondent

For the past two decades, Tamara Meyer, child of German Jewish Holocaust survivors has been honoring her family legacy through her writing, lecturing, media relations as well as through affiliation and contributions to organizations that seek to further understanding of the Holocaust and bring about reconciliation and dialogue. Tamara’s mother, Ursula Totschek, was born and raised in Görlitz where her family owned the beautiful Kaufhaus Totschek on Steinstraße.

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As a participant in dialogue groups in Berlin that include former Nazis, Holocaust survivors and their descendants, Tamara has experienced first- hand the extraordinary challenge of engaging with those who in another time would have been her fiercest enemies. Her experiences with Nazi/Survivor groups in Germany have led her to engage with former White Supremacists and neo-Nazis in the United States.

A child of a Görlitz Kindertransport survivor, Tamara has been active in educating the public about this holocaust narrative as event planner and media coordinator for an international Kindertransport Conference in Los Angeles in 2012 attended by survivors, their families and dignitaries from around the world. For the past decade Tamara has been hosting monthly second generation Kindertransport/Holocaust gatherings in the Washington DC area and beyond.

Tamara, through her company WorkWell, LLC has taught conflict resolution and cultural diversity courses for large corporations, smaller businesses, NGOs and the public and through her work in media relations has placed stories in national and international print, cable and radio including a feature story in the Los Angeles Times. Tamara sits on the advisory board of Parents For Peace, was a panelist for Tikkun Long Island, and is a program contributor for The Holocaust Center of Florida. She is a former board member of the Kindertransport Association. Ms. Meyer can be heard on Daryl Davis’s podcast Changing Minds; https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/changing-minds-with-daryl- davis/id1512524204?i=1000491911472

Her book “Help Your Baby Build a Healthy Body” was published by Crown Publishers in the U.S. and by Japan Uni Agency in Japan in 1984.