BOOK LAUNCH AND READING
– Featuring the Author Lauren Leiderman & special musical guest Robbie Schaefer –
November 7, 2021
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Place: Kulturforum Görlitzer Synagoge
Share your joys with many,
Share your spirit and your sense of humor with all.
Your worries only with a few!
And your heart only with the chosen ones.
With these words, Anne Frank signed the “poesie book” of her friend Eva Goldberg from Görlitz, who fled the horrors of the Nazi regime with her family. After more than 80 years, the yellowed pages of the Jewish woman’s golden thoughts will now see the light of day. This multilingual project was the brain child of the author and project initiator, American Lauren Leiderman, who invited Magdalena Lambertz, a Pole, and Anne Kleinbauer, a German, to turn this book into both a Polish and a German edition. This cross-border women’s project has breathed life into an amazing story… one that no one knew of until now.
“The book you are about to read is a story of community, friendship, hope and courage”. – with these words Lauren begins her story. Eva Goldberg was born and raised in Görlitz (her home was on today’s Kościuszki Street, now in the Polish city of Zgorzelec), where she spent the first years of her wonderful childhood until the Nazi regime tore her world apart. Her father Max Goldberg gave her a beautifully bound little book that we call a “poesie book”. The owner’s amily, friends and acquaintances wrote poems, wishes, and memoirs into this album, often accompanied by photographs or drawings.
Among the people that were included in Eva’s circle of friends was was Anne Frank. One of the world’s most famous Jewish faces of the Holocaust, Anne Frank became known to the world after her diary was published (“Diary of Anne Frank: 12 June 1942 – 1 August 1944”). In it, she documented her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. The entire Frank family was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
As we read the entries of Eva’s poesie book, we follow the Goldberg family’s incredible journey: their escape and struggle for a new life – from Görlitz, to Berlin, to Amsterdam, to Great Britain, to the United States, where the Goldbergs found their freedom and where descendants of their family still live today. Through her work with Jewish history in Görlitz, Lauren Leiderman has connected more than seventy descendants and Holocaust survivors from Görlitz. Eva’s story will reconnect many of them this November – those now living around the world will come together to commemorate the formerly vibrant Jewish community of Gorlitz. The arrival of survivors and their descendants is unprecedented in Görlitz, Lauren Leiderman points out.
As part of the Jewish Week of Remembrance Görlitz 2021 (November 4-9), talks with survivors and their children, lectures by renowned historians, films, photo exhibitions, discussions and the presentation of three editions of Lauren’s book,“The Poesie Book of Eva Goldberg” will be held. All three editions (Polish, German and English) are being published and printed by Hentrich & Hentrich– one of Europe’s most prestigious publishing houses for Jewish-related literature.
On Kościuszki Street, three Stolpersteine (monuments commemorating victims of Nazism) will be laid by the German artist Gunter Demnig in memory of the Goldberg family. Lauren Leiderman is also responsible for bringing these stones to Zgorzelec, where they will be the city’s very first stolpersteine. The story of the Goldbergs is a timeless tale that is so relevant today. By reading the pages of this book, you will help keep alive the memory and story of each of the amazing people who signed it. Lauren hopes that this publication will encourage the young people of Görlitz and Zgorzelec to take an interest in the Jewish history of their city and not to be afraid to be curious and ask often difficult questions.The Jewish Week of Remembrance Görlitz 2021 is meant to bring hope and faith in humanity in the face of the many humanitarian crises we face today.
About Robbie Schaefer:
Robbie Schaefer is a musician, songwriter, and playwright devoted to service through the arts who will be performing live at the Görlitzer Synagoge as part of the Book Launch and Reading for the “Poesie Book of Eva Goldberg”.
Robbie is the guitarist and songwriter for the indie folk band Eddie From Ohio (winners of 7 Wammie Awards; over 150,000 cd’s sold) and has released several solo albums, including his most recent, 2017′s Sounds Like Home: Songs From the Musical, Light Years.
As a solo performer Robbie has shared the stage with Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Josh Groban, Michael McDonald, Keb’ Mo and Emmylou Harris, among others. His performances–intimate, witty and soulful—are little adventures, says writer/artist Jen Lemen . . .
“ . . . Robbie Schaefer lives, loves, creates music and holds space for anyone who’s up for suspending time so we can actually remember what it feels like to be human again. Aliveness is his jam and he helps us find our way by being a regular guy saying the most honest, real thing, whether it’s in a song or an insight that’s just come to him in a flash . . . ”
In 2011, Robbie founded OneVoice, an international non-profit devoted to uniting and empowering youth through music and the creative arts. The organization has completed and on-going projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and Pikpa refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece.
He served as on-air host and Music Director at Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live from 2007-2012, and in 2010 was awarded the New York Festival’s United Nations Award for programming. He has presented TEDx Youth talks in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris), France in both 2012 and 2016.
His music has been licensed by Samsung, and he has created commissioned works for the American Red Cross, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and the world premiere of Arlene Hutton’s Gulf View Drive at the Actor’s Co-op in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2018 Robbie made his theatrical stage debut (his highly acclaimed turn as Tevye in Longfellow Middle School’s 1979 production of Fiddler On the Roof notwithstanding) in LIGHT YEARS, a musical for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics. The four-week world premiere run at Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA) was met with packed houses and both critical and audience acclaim. Future productions are currently in the works.
Also, he really loves olives. Like, a lot.
To learn more about Robbie and hear some of his amazing music, please visit: https://robbieschaefer.com/
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