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Sunday, August 26 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

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In “Driving to Treblinka“ Diana Wichtel tells the story of the painful search for her lost father who was to follow his family to New Zealand from Canada in 1964 but never arrived. This is a significant second-generation story of a family imploding due to the impact of her father’s traumatic holocaust experience. Diana Wichtel and Naomi Johnson will discuss the book from a second-generation perspective as we explore first the child who had no way of understanding her family dysfunction through to the angry displaced teenager and then to the adult who finds herself needing to come to terms with the information uncovered in her research.

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Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson was born in Invercargill to a New Zealand mother and German Jewish refugee father. She is a co-leader of the Auckland Second Generation Group of Holocaust Survivors and is extremely interested in Second Generation literature. Naomi is a very involved member of Beth Shalom... Read More →
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Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning feature writer and television critic with the New Zealand Listener. She was joint recipient in 2016 of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, which enabled her to write the memoir, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, about the impact... Read More →

Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C175 / Akko