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January 23 @ 8:00 pm
Professor Miriam Hoffman
MIRIAM HOFFMAN, author, scholar, journalist, playwright & survivor will be reading selections from her new book A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee, on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 8pm at the Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave ~ Coral Gables, Florida. She will be joined by her son, Avi Hoffman, the award-winning actor & performer. The evening will include a multi-media presentation, discussion, Q&A & book signing. The event, which is co-sponsored by the University of Miami/Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, will be FREE & open to the public.
Published by YI Press (a division of Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc.), A Breed Apart is an engaging non-fiction tale of war & survival, seen through the eyes of a young Miriam Hoffman & her father. Hoffman’s personal tale captures the beauty & importance of keeping the Yiddish language & Jewish culture alive during the twentieth-century, despite countless attempts to destroy it. A Breed Apart follows Miriam Hoffman’s emotional journey from a young refugee girl growing up in a post-war DP (Displaced Person) camp to her new life in the United States.
About the Author:
MIRIAM HOFFMAN is an author, scholar & survivor of the Russian gulag & the post-World War II DP camps, who has spent her life preserving the Yiddish language & culture that she cherishes so dearly. Her accomplishments in education, arts & literature have impacted both Jews & non-Jews alike. From her time as a child in the post-war DP (Displaced Persons) refugee camp in Ulm, Germany, she brought with her an album of pictures of life in the camp, as well as a journal she kept of over 80 songs in four different languages – Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian & Polish. The Ulm Album has been shared with the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has also written over a dozen plays which have won awards & have been produced all over the world. Hoffman recently retired after 25 years as professor of Yiddish Language & Culture at Columbia University. She has published over 2,000 weekly columns in New York’s Yiddish Forward Newspaper as a feature writer. Recently inducted into the Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame, Miriam has written university textbooks & is the founder of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre, with the world-renowned Broadway impresario. www.YiddishkaytInitiative,org