On Wednesday, February 12th, from 12:00-1:00pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower, there will be a Nosh N’ Chat with Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Plant Sciences, Dr. Henry Fribourg, author of the Holocaust memoir: Escape to Freedom: A Story of Survival, Dreams, Betrayals, and Accomplishments. Escape to Freedom is the autobiographical memoir of a 12-year old French Jewish boy who with his parents, sister and baby brother, escaped from occupied Europe in January 1942, one month after Pearl Harbor. Fribourg relates surviving three machine-gun strafings by a German fighter pilot, the walk of his soldier father most of the way across France, and the flight of his pregnant mother and sister with him to escape the German Panzers during the invasion of France in 1940. He describes the life in Vichy France and North Africa, and his expulsion from school; how it felt when the neutral ship on which he was sailing on the way to refuge in Cuba was stopped by a U-boat mid-way across the Atlantic; his learning Spanish and English the hard way; the murder of his grandparents – and the life his family created in the US after WW II.
Professor Fribourg came to the University of Tennessee in 1956 as Assistant Professor in Agronomy. He taught graduate courses for more than 30 years. He has lectured at the Institut Superieur d’Agriculture, Polytechnicum de Lille, France and advised on US-AID projects in Guinea and Cape Verde. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey.
This event is Co-sponsored by the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program. Refreshments will be served.