Author Talk: On Sunny Days We Sang by Jeannette Grunhaus de Gelman
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33199 United States
You are invited to a book talk with Venezuelan Professor Jeannette Grunhaus de Gelman. On Sunny Days We Sang was first published in Spanish in 2018 under the title En los días claros cantábamos. The book tells the story of her parent’s survival in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War. The author grew up in Maracaibo, Venezuela where her parents found refuge in 1946. The family integrated rapidly into the bustling Jewish Community that flourished in Venezuela. But as Second Generation Survivor, her parent’s trauma was always present in her life. This is what drove her in the need to understand what happened to the family she never had and whose absence she always felt strongly. The result of this search is the book that is being discussed in the talk.
About the Author:
Jeannette Grunhaus de Gelman is a Venezuelan professor, researcher, and writer. She was born in Szczecin, Poland in 1946, to Polish Holocaust survivors who came from Wlodawa. Her family emigrated to Venezuela, settling in Maracaibo. Gelman received her undergraduate degree in French from Wellesley College. She went on to receive an MA in Spanish Literature from New York University via their extension program in Madrid in 1970 and in 1976 was awarded her MA in the teaching of French from the Université de Paris III. She was a professor of French Language and Literature at the Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo from 1971 to 1996.
Travelling is one of her passions but finally in 2013 she moved to Miami, Florida with a purpose in mind. As Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor, her parents’ trauma was always present in her life and she felt the need to understand what happened to the family she never had. From 2013 to 2018 she was accepted as a Research Scholar at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, focusing on Holocaust studies.
As a result, she wrote On Sunny Days We Sang that was first published in Spanish in 2018 under the title, En los días claros cantábamos. It is the author’s first full length work, telling the story of her parents’ survival in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Second World War.