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Lecture: Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival

April 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Provided by Hylton Performing Arts Center

Speaker: Marina Kirsch

April 19 at 10:00 a. m.

Marina Kirsch will discuss Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, a book she has written about her parents and their experiences during WWII. The story is about her father, Rolf, a Latvian aeronautical engineering student forced to repatriate to Nazi Germany before the first Soviet takeover, and her mother, Lilo, the young German woman he met in 1940 in Berlin. Flight of Remembrance is a love story that spans 74 years and two continents. It is also the story of Rolf’s lifelong passion for aeronautical engineering and the expansion of this dream into the postwar U.S. space program. The author will discuss the book’s subject matter, protagonists, sources of inspiration, and special research that accompanied WWII era photographs. Books will be available for purchase.

Marina Dutzmann Kirsch spent over four years researching and writing the story of her family in Latvia, occupied Poland, and Germany during WWII. Her book, Flight of Remembrance, was a finalist in the narrative non-fiction category of the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. Marina lives in Kensington, NH, and is also a graphic designer and editor, a New Hampshire Humanities-to-Go speaker, and an Area Director in Toastmasters International, a world-wide organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Her presentations provide an opportunity to gain a new perspective on WWII.

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas. This event is free and open to the public.