The Schwarz-Kurz-Zeller Adult Education Institute presents a Virtual Program with Rachael Cerrotti, “We Share the Same Sky” Sunday, November 1 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rachael Cerrotti is... an award-winning documentary photographer, writer, educator and producer. Her work focuses on exploring the intergenerational impact of memory and migration. For over a decade, Rachael has been retracing her grandmother’s Holocaust survival story and documenting the echoes of World War II. In the fall of 2019, she released a narrative podcast about this story titled We Share The Same Sky. The show was listed as one of the best podcasts of the year by HuffPost and as a "Show We Love" by Apple Podcasts; it is now being taught in high school classrooms throughout the United States and abroad. Rachael has worked in over a dozen countries and has been published and featured by NPR, PRI’s The World, WBUR, GBH, amongst others and regularly presents to communities and classrooms worldwide. Rachael has a forthcoming memoir set to be published in the fall of 2021 and works as a creative producer with USC Shoah Foundation. She is based in Portland, Maine.
Discussion: In 1939, 14-year-old Hana Dubova was sent by her parents out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and to safety in the Danish countryside where she spent much of the war relying on the kindness of strangers to save her life. Seventy-five years later, Hana’s granddaughter, award-winning photojournalist and educator Rachael Cerrotti, set out to document the echoes of her grandmother’s war story. During a decade of research and retracing history, Rachael sought to weave together the thin threads of family history, moving in with the descendants of those who rescued her grandmother and digging into 21st century social justice issues that thematically resonated with her family story.
Please join us as Rachael takes us on a visual journey into the evolving relevance of the past. She will speak about how her grandmother survived the Holocaust as well as her own journey with being wrapped inside of the intimate corners of her family story for so many years. During her talk, we will journey from Central Europe into Scandinavia and then across the United States, addressing topics such as refuge, immigration, intergenerational trauma, and resilience. Click here to join virtually.
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