Talk planned on 'German roots in American life"


MANCHESTER >> Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) will present Dr. Ernestine Bradley who will speak on "German Roots to an American Life; The Impact of the Shoah," her remarkable journey from war-torn Europe to our nation's capital. The evening will include a screening of a short but powerful film entitled "Torte Bluma." This special program will take place on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 ICM, 6025 Main Street/Route 7A in Manchester Center.

A professor of comparative literature, Dr. Bradley's childhood was spent in Lower Bavaria, Germany during World War II. She came to know wartime dislocations and food shortages, along with the challenges of caring for siblings while her mother was ill. The men of her hometown were away at war, and their absence created an exciting, unexpected freedom — a freedom she sought again at age 21 when she became a stewardess, moved to Atlanta and then to New York. Ernestine went on to marry Bill Bradley, a shy New York Knicks basketball star who became a prominent U.S. Senator and later Presidential hopeful. Her personal journey, recounted in her memoir "The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life" (2005), is one of triumph and inspiration.

Dr. Bradley will also facilitate a discussion of "Torte Bluma", an 18-minute film that focuses on Franz Stangl, an SS officer at the Treblinka extermination camp, and his unusual relationship with his cook and housekeeper Blau, one of the many Jewish captives called "sonderkommandos."

The public is invited to this special event at no charge. Free will donations are appreciated. For information, contact Lisa Bendik, ICM's administrator at 802-362-4578 or


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