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An Afternoon with Historians Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa, Authors of The Counterfeit Countess
Discover the astonishing story of Dr. Josephine Janina Mehlberg—a Jewish mathematician who saved thousands of lives in Nazi-occupied Poland by masquerading as a Polish aristocrat.
Discover the astonishing story of Dr. Josephine Janina Mehlberg—a Jewish mathematician who saved thousands of lives in Nazi-occupied Poland by masquerading as a Polish aristocrat—with the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. In this special International Holocaust Remembrance Day event, historians Elizabeth B. White and Joanna Sliwa will discuss their new book, The Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Woman Who Rescued Thousands of Poles During the Holocaust.
World War II and the Holocaust have given rise to many stories of resistance and rescue, but The Counterfeit Countess is unique. It tells the remarkable, unknown story of “Countess Janina Suchodolska,” a Jewish woman who rescued more than 10,000 Poles imprisoned by Poland’s Nazi occupiers. Mehlberg operated in Lublin, Poland, headquarters of Aktion Reinhard, the SS operation that murdered 1.7 million Jews in occupied Poland. Using the identity papers of a Polish aristocrat, she worked ... view more »
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