Author to speak of her escape from Nazi-occupied Norway.


In November, 1942, Norway had just fallen to the Nazis and the deportation of the Norwegian Jews had begun. Author Irene Levin Berman, born and raised in Norway, has written a book about her experiences.“'We are going to pick potatoes', Norway and the Holocaust: The Untold Story", is her account of her childhood recollections of that time and beyond. The quote refers to what her mother and nanny told 4 year old Irene and her 7 year old brother Leif Arid to explain their sudden departure from Nazi-occupied Oslo to Sweden. Seven members of her father’s immediate family were among the 771 victims who were unable to escape and died in Auschwitz.

This evening with Irene Levin Berman is sponsored by  the Book Club of  United Brothers Synagogue, led by Brenda Stahl, Book Club Chairperson and Erik Skoug, editor of the UBS newsletter. Irene shares her sense of the impact the Holocaust had on her life growing up in Norway, and, after her marriage to an American, her life in the United States.  She takes the reader along as 63 years later, she researches through archives and personal interviews to discover the fate of the aunts, uncles and cousins who “disappeared”.

United Brothers Synagogue invited all to attend this event with on August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Synagogue, 205 High Street, Bristol. Refreshments will be served following her talk. Admittance is free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP to 401/253-3460 or To learn more about Irene's story, go to


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