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Reconciliation with Evil: Story of a Survival

Book Presentation with Leon Weintraub (in German)

Leon Weintraub, a Shoah surviver and a donor to the Jewish Museum Berlin’s Archive, campaigns against collective amnesia as an eye­witness to history, giving talks at schools and memorials. In 2022, he published his life’s memories in German Die Versöhnung mit dem Bösen: Geschichte eines Weiterlebens (Reconciliation with Evil: Story of a Survival) with Wallstein Verlag.

Leon Weintraub was born in the Polish city of Łódź in 1926. Starting in 1940, his family was forced by the Nazis to live in the Litz­mannstadt Ghetto and to perform forced labor. When the ghetto was liquidated in 1944, the detainees were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where they were murdered.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Weintraub, however, pretended to be an Arbeits­häftling, a working prisoner, and thus escaped being killed. During the turmoil of the war’s final months, he survived several brutal cam­paigns to transfer prisoners before he finally managed to escape from one of the transports. Much of his family did not survive the Shoah.

For his memoirs, Leon Weintraub told the journalist Magda Jaros about his childhood and the postwar period, his studies of medicine in Göttingen, his career in Poland, and his emigration to Sweden in response to the antisemitic March Riots of 1968. In conversation with editor Jan Philipp Bothe, he presents the book at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

In cooperation with Wallstein Verlag

Collage of a portrait of an old man with a mustache (Leon Weintraub) and the cover of a book titled The Reconciliation with Evil.

Leon Weintraub and the cover of the book Die Versöhnung mit dem Bösen; photo: Malgorzata Musielak, Wallstein Verlag

Video recording from 27 Okt 2022; Jewish Museum Berlin, in German; Thumbnail: Leon Weintraub

Where, when, what?

  • When Thu 27 Okt 2022, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

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