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Milim Spring 2019

Ingrid Alpern

My Separate Worlds: Daughter of the Holocaust and Evangelical Christianity

The little-known story of a Dutch Jewish family that escaped Nazi-occupied Europe through Vichy France, onto a ship to Surinam in South America. A story of heroism and hope.

Join Ingrid Alpern as she discusses her family’s escape and reveals the impact of the escape on the next generation and how her personal Holocaust legacy led her into the cultural divisions in America. Her talk goes beyond the escape to tell how an estranged father and daughter learned to communicate across the cultural divide in America and illustrates how empathy can build relationships.

Ingrid Alpern, a Smith College graduate, taught about the Holocaust before her career as an attorney in Washington, D.C. and now does public policy work for a disability nonprofit. Ingrid has also published poetry and essays.

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Colin Walker

Scouts at War! World War Il

in This is a story of Service in face of adversity, that has it core the war-time social history of the Nation and the amazing role played by that its young people. Scouting as you will be aware is a world-wide multi-cultural pheonomina and the talk will reflect this not least by inclusion of the history of Jewish Rover Rover formed on board TS Dunera its on its way to a prisoner of War Camp in Australia and how the crew help change the outcome of all on board for the better.

Born just in the final stages of WW2 Colin Walker have spent the last 70 Years of his life as a member of the British Scout Movement. A self appointed Scout Historian writing a well regarded website/blog Colin has published Ive Scouting Heritage books. This wealth of information has been led to a very active retirement giving talks all over the world to a whole range of audiences both in Scouting and otherwise.

Tony Zendle

The life and times of Albert Ballin

Albert Ballin, chief executive of the Hamburg-America Line, was one of Imperial Germany’s most prominent business leaders. At the same time that he was making his way in commerce hundreds of thousands of Jews were fleeing from Eastern Europe. This talk looks at a unique and fiercely patriotic individual who came to be known as the Kaiser’s Jew, how his and the migrants fates coincided, and his sad end

Born in the small shtetl of Manchester, Tony Zendle has a background as an educator and communicator, and is a trivia maven collecting the arcane and obscure, especially if Jewish. In recent years he has become aware that a great deal of Jewish History is being forgotten or ignored.

Ashley Millet Martin

Army Surplus, Workers and Campers - Millets: The History of a British Institution

A new book detailing the history of UK high street chain Millets has been published by the great grandson of Israel Marcus Millet, : Jewish immigrant who opened his first shop in 1893.

Ashley Millet Martin has researched and written the book detailing how the impoverished Jewish family arrived in England from a small village in what is now Poland and from peddling goods around the streets established a high street institution.

The 144-page book, ‘Army Surplus, Workers and Campers Millets: The History of a British Institution”, tells how Israel Marcus, who was always known as Max, and his two elder brothers described themselves as pedlars and initially sold goods doorto-door and on market stalls.


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