GLOE (Gay & Lesbian Outreach and Engagement) Book Talk with Author Lev Raphael Goethe-Institut Washington (Chinatown/Gallery Place)
Lev Raphael: MY GERMANY
Wednesday, April 22 7:30 pm at the Goethe-Institut Washington 812 Seventh Street NW (Gallery Place/Chinatown) Admission: $5 Suggested Donation
Lev Raphael grew up loathing everything German. A son of Holocaust survivors, haunted by his parents' suffering under Nazi rule, he was certain that Germany was one place he would never visit. Those feelings shaped his Jewish and gay identities, his life, and his career.
Then the barriers of a lifetime began to come down, as revealed in this moving memoir. After his mother’s death, while researching her war years, Raphael found a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer.
What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? Not long after that epochal trip, a German publisher bought several of his books for translation. Raphael was launched on book tours in Germany, discovering not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.
Co-sponsored with the Metro GLBT Community Center, Goethe-Institut Washington and the American Jewish Committee
Presented in Partnership with Literature, Music and Dance at the 16th Street J