The World That We Knew: A Virtual Conversation with Alice Hoffman

January 12, 2021
The World That We Knew

Tuesday, January 12
7:30 PM ET

This event is free to attend. Space is limited.


The World That We Knew: A Virtual Conversation with Alice Hoffman

Join us for a conversation exploring the forces of good and evil in humanity's darkest hours of the Holocaust, featuring Alice Hoffman and Marc Skvirsky, Vice President for Special Initiatives at Facing History.

Award winning writer Alice Hoffman will explore her latest work, The World That We Knew, the instant New York Times bestseller and was recognized 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal Longlist. Join us for a conversation about how Hoffman’s unique style of magical realism can lead to deep reflection on mortality, love, loss, and resistance in trying times.

The story commences in WWII in Berlin, Germany. Hanni Kohn must send her 12-year-old daughter Lea away to protect her from the Nazi regime–a devastating choice that forever alters the lives of the characters. What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.

This event is presented by Facing History New England, in collaboration with the Facing History Jewish Education Program, to honor the Holocaust survivors in our Facing History community.



This event is free to attend. Space is limited.

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A Zoom link will be shared before the event.


January 12, 2021
7:30 pm

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