Renia’s Diary

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Renia’s Diary. A tale of wartime girlhood.

Renia Spiegel’s diary is her memoir written during Soviet and Nazi occupation of Przemysl during WWII. She was aged 15 when she started writing it.’  She turned 18 shortly before she was killed, and the diary ends with entries added by her boyfriend. 

Her sister Ariana, now Elzbieta Bellak (who was the Polish Shirley Temple) will look at Renia’s story and also at the relationship of sisters putting light on the feminine experience and adolescent individuation halted by the war

Eva Hoffman, will chair the evening> Eva was born in Poland two months after the war and emigrated in her teens to Canada and then the United States. After receiving her Ph.D. in literature from Harvard University, she worked as senior editor and literary critic at The New York Times, and has taught at various British and American universities. Her books, which have been translated widely, include Lost in Translation, Exit Into History, After Such Knowledge and Time, as well as two novels, The Secret and Illuminations. She has written and presented numerous programmes for BBC Radio and has lectured internationally on subjects of exile, historical memory, cross-cultural relations, political transitions, and other contemporary issues. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award for Writing, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Prix Italia for Radio. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds an honorary doctorate from Warwick University.  She lives in London. In September 2015 She  joined the European Institute as Visiting Professor for three years working on a project on Conceptions of Freedom

In Partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London and Renia Spiegel Foundation

 

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