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What happens when formerly estranged peoples look at their entwined history together? Asking that question led to Louise Steinman to Poland and to her latest book, “The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation”

As a writer and literary curator, Steinman’s work frequently deals with memory, history and reconciliation. After attending a Zen Peacemaker retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2000, she embarked on a decade-long exploration—into her own family’s history in a small Polish town—as well as an immersion in what she describes as “the exhilarating and discomforting, sometimes surreal, yet ultimately healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation taking place in today’s democratic Poland.”

The Los Angeles Times review notes “Steinman doesn’t much employ the Hebrew term “tikkun olam” (the task of “repairing the world”), but that’s essentially what her book is about.” And Diane Cole (Wall Street Journal) wrote: “Readers can be grateful to Ms. Steinman for bearing witness to those seeds of understanding being planted in lands where so much blood flowed.” – Diane Cole, The Wall Street Journal

Louise Steinman will be our guest – in conversation with Ed Bacon — in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 14th. (10:15-11:00 a.m.) Don’t miss this opportunity to both hear and learn from the powerful story of a woman whose courageous engagement with the story of her own family has profound implications for the healing of the whole human family.

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