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Holocaust Speaker Series: Liliane Willens

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, August 18 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Liliane Willens.

Liliane Willens was born of Russian Jewish parentage in the former French Concession of Shanghai, China, where she attended a French school. Her parents, she and her siblings experienced World War II under the Japanese military occupation, and later the Chinese civil war between the Nationalists and the communists. While waiting for her US immigration visa, Liliane lived two years under the newly established People’s Republic of China.

When Liliane immigrated to the US, she studied at Boston University where she received her undergraduate degree, M.A. and Ph.D. in French Language and 18th century French Literature. Dr. Willens taught these subjects at Boston College and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She published a book on Voltaire and several articles on 18th century France and on various other topics. Later. moving to Washington, DC, she worked for the US Agency for International Development and Peace Corps.

When Liliane retired, she gave talks on cruise ships sailing around the world, and presently publishes articles related to China and gives lectures on Old Shanghai in the greater Washington, DC area, in various cities in the US and overseas.

Liliane’s book Stateless in Shanghai has been translated in Chinese and in German. She has also narrated an audio-book of Stateless in Shanghai.

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Generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.



August 18
11:00 am - 12:00 pm