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Dinner & Holocaust Program with Special Guest Speaker: Alexandra Senfft
April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner and Program “The Long Shadow of the Nazi Perpetrators” at 7:00pm
Dinner & Program Cost:
$12 adult / $8 child for members
$15 adult / $10 child for non-members
RSVP to 912-233-1547
Sponsored by the History and Heritage Committee
Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1961, Alexandra Senfft is the granddaughter of Hanns Ludin, who served as the envoy of the “Third Reich” (alternatively Nazi Germany) to Slovakia from 1941-45. As a young girl, Alexandra was raised with the myth that her grandfather was just a diplomat and as such an innocent man, “a victim of his era.”
At the end of 1947, Alexandra’s grandfather was executed by hanging, convicted of war crimes by a court in Czechoslovakia. The court had found him responsible for signing the deportation orders of 60,000 Slovak Jews, the majority of whom were murdered in the concentration camps. The fact that her grandfather was instrumental in the Holocaust is denied by some of Alexandra’s relatives up to this day. His guilt was never acknowledged; his and his wife’s legacy were, instead, glorified.
As a result of the silencing of the truth, Alexandra’s mother, unable to face the truth, self-destructed and died prematurely. Finally, Senfft decided to break the silence. In 2007 she wrote the book “Silence Hurts: A German Family History,” followed by “The Long Shadow of the Perpetrators” (2016) in which she portrays other descendants of Nazis. She feels it is necessary for people to confront their family past in order to end the destructive cycle of denial transmitted from generation to generation.
Senfft says that her work “confronts the past to develop tasks for the present so that society can withstand anti-democratic trends and movements in the future.”