Book Reading with Julie Lindahl '88
Please join us for a Reading, Q&A, & Book Signing with Julie Lindahl '88 at the Auburn Public Theater, on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Julie will be reading from her book entitled The Pendulum A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Forbidden Nazi Past about her quest to understand the role her grandparents played in Nazi Germany. This powerful memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl’s journey to uncover her grandparents’ roles in the Third Reich as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler’s elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story—the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations—emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth. In a remarkable six-year journey through Germany, Poland, Paraguay, and Brazil, Julie uncovers, among many other discoveries, that her grandfather had been a fanatic member of the SS since 1934. During World War II, he was responsible for enslavement and torture and was complicit in the murder of the local population on the large estates he oversaw in occupied Poland. He eventually fled to South America to evade a new wave of war-crimes trials.
The pendulum used by Julie’s grandmother to divine good from bad and true from false becomes a symbol for the elusiveness of truth and morality, but also for the false securities we cling to when we become unmoored. As Julie delves deeper into the abyss of her family’s secret, discovering history anew, one precarious step at a time, the compassion of strangers is a growing force that transforms her world and the way that she sees her family—and herself.
This event will be free and open to the public.
Julie's book is available worldwide at https://rowman.com. Special offer October 2018: 30% discount off list price using code RLFANDF30. For more information visit www.julielindahl.com. If you have questions about the event, please contact Angela Daddabbo at email@example.com.