Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Lunch & Learn with Debbie Levy
Jewish Military Museum


Co-sponsored with and held at:
The National Museum of Jewish Military History
1811 R Street NW

$7, Discounted J Member or National Museum of Jewish Military History Member Price $5 
Price includes a tour of the National Museum of Jewish Military History following the talk.

The Year of Goodbyes

At the heart of The Year of Goodbyes, there’s another book—Debbie’s mother’s poesie album, a type of autograph album or friendship book.  Throughout 1938, her last year living as a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany, Debbie’s mother, Jutta, had friends fill her poesie album with verses and drawings.  These entries serve as the springboards for this true story about friends trying to carry on their lives in the midst of rising fear and danger, while saying goodbye to each other—and without knowing what lay ahead.

Among other honors, The Year of Goodbyes is a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book, a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Nonfiction Honor List 2010 selection, and a 2012 nominee for New York State’s Charlotte Award and Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

Debbie Levy
Please join Debbie—and her mother!—for a discussion and slide show about this award-winning book, the book behind the book, the role of artifacts and mementoes in memory and personal history, and the special joys and challenges of writing a book about one’s very own mother. 

Debbie is a former D.C. lawyer and newspaper editor.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, as well as law and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan.  She and her husband, Rick Hoffman, have two sons.

You can read more about Debbie and her books at

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If you have questions or for more information
please contact Jean Graubart or call (202) 777-3268.


Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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