WHAT: A community-based book club to focus on human rights stories in literature. WHO: Co-founded by local human rights community leaders Marilyn Shuler and Lisa Uhlmann, with support from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Rediscovered Bookshop. WHEN: Second Thursday every other month. WHERE: Zoom via Eventbrite registration, https://www.eventbrite.com/x/human-rights-book-club-boise-idaho-tickets-107609958282 COST: Free, other than book.
Event is FREE and open to the public and no admittance will be accepted 20 minutes after the start time.
The book selection is “Shedding Our Stars” by Laureen Nussbaum with Karen Kirtley
About “Shedding Our Stars”:
During the German occupation of the Netherlands, 1940 to 1945, all Jews were ordered to register the religion of their grandparents. The Reichskommissar appointed the young lawyer Hans Calmeyer to adjudicate “doubtful cases.” Calmeyer used his assignment to save at least 3,700 Jews from deportation and death, dwarfing the number saved by Schindler’s famous rescue operation. Laureen Nussbaum–n e Hannelore Klein–owes her life to this brave German official. In Shedding Our Stars, she tells how Calmeyer declared her mother non-Jewish and deleted her and her family from the deportation lists, saving them from death. She goes on to interweave his story with her family’s tale of survival, as well as with that of her boyfriend and, later, husband, Rudi Nussbaum. Since in Amsterdam the Kleins were close to the Franks, Anne Frank and her family also figure in book. Going beyond the liberation of the Netherlands to follow both Calmeyer’s and the author’s story to the end of their lives, Shedding Our Stars is a story of courage in the darkest of times, and of the resilience of the human spirit.
For the safety of the participants, we will be using the webinar virtual event platform format and the event will be monitored by a member of staff to immediately shut down any negative interaction. Our events seek to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), class, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual/racist language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from this event and all future events at our discretion.