New! Bernice Lerner Interview

The occasion for this interview with Bernice Lerner was the publication of her book All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen. The girl of the title is Lerner's mother, Rachel Genuth, who narrowly survived the trials and atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. The doctor is Brigadier H. L. Glyn Hughes, who was in charge of medical needs and services for the British Second Army, which liberated Bergen-Belsen on April 15, 1945. In her book, Lerner skillfully and movingly interweaves the stories of these two figures as they move over the course of one year toward the day of liberation. As powerful as this story is, it is the story of Rachel's reemergence into the world, mirroring the experience of so many others, that leaves us with a true testimony of hope and human resilience. Beyond the occasion of this book, Lerner has been involved with Center activities for many years, so we were pleased to have this in-depth conversation with her. She spoke with Center Publications Associate Mitch Bogen on May 20, 2020.

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