Next Wednesday night! Dr. Gillick has offered to present a compelling talk co-sponsored by the Auburndale Community Library and Norumbega Point on her book about the remarkable story of two refugees during World War II, Once They Had a Country: Two Teenage Refugees in the Second World War.
We will be meeting at Norumbega Point Assisted Living–which is located right near the Newton Marriott on 99 Norumbega Road in Weston. (Bonus excitement about having the talk at Norumbega: folks can visit with resident Armando Rossi!)
About Dr. Gillick…
Muriel R. Gillick, M.D., is a geriatrician, palliative care physician, and writer as well as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has had a life-long interest in German history, World War II and the refugee experience. In her most recent book, Once They Had a Country: Two Teenage Refugees in the Second World War, Dr. Gillick draws from a remarkable set of primary source materials to relate the story of her parents when they were teenage refugees in Europe during World War II. Their story reveals what it was like to establish a new life in a foreign country, over and over again, in constant fear for their lives. Ultimately the book demonstrates how citizens and the governments of Belgium, France, Switzerland, Brazil, America, China and postwar Germany treated refugees. Once They Had a Country also reveals the origins of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the basis of contemporary international law affecting refugees in many countries today.