Children of Holocaust survivors and other guests listened intently as author and documentary producer Gina Roitman told the true story of how her mother saved her from death at the hands of a Nazi midwife in a Deplaced Persons (DP) camp in Germany after the war. It was a story that Roitman could not — or would not — believe until she researched it herself. The result of her work was a documentary she co-produced entitled “My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me,” which she showed at the program. She is also the author of "Tell Me a Story, Tell me the Truth," a book of short stories.
The Oct. 22 program, titled “Gina Roitman in Conversation with Esther Safran Foer,” was sponsored by The Generation After, a group of children of Holocaust Survivors as well as survivors themselves in the Greater Washington area. Safran Foer, herself a child of survivors who was born in a DP camp, is the founding CEO of Sixth & I Historic synagogue in Washington, D.C. The event was held at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland.
By Dena Hirsh