April 12, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Eva Gossman, author and Holocaust survivor, will give the Yom HaShoah lecture, "Good Over Evil: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times," April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

Gossman will speak in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, also known as Yom HaShoah. The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by Bucknell University Hillel, Campus Jewish Life, the department of religion, the department of sociology and anthropology, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, and the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life.

In 1944, Gossman and her brother fled to a small town in Slovakia to escape the Nazis. Separated from their parents and with false papers that concealed their Jewish identity, they assumed new lives as the fictional niece and nephew of Mária Krescanková.

Gossman tells this story in her book, Beyond Good and Evil: Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times, which begins in the spring of 1939, weaves through the post-liberation period, and end in 1997 with a ceremony at Yad Vashem.

She came to the United States in 1948, learned English, finished high school and college at night, graduating from George Washington University in 1956, and later earned a doctorate in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. Gossman taught at several universities including Sarah Lawrence College and Goucher College. She also served as assistant and associate dean of the college at Princeton before retiring in 1996

More information about Gossman may be found at http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/02/1125/1a.shtml

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Story posted April 11, 2006

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