Author Rita Gabis on Her Memoir "A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet"

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Guest at the Shooters' BanquetIn A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, a Search for the Truth, poet and historian Rita Gabis, the daughter of a Lithuanian Catholic mother and Russian Jewish father, shares her journey to unravel the truth about her beloved grandfather. Five years ago, Gabis discovered an unthinkable dimension to her family story: from 1941 to 1943, her grandfather had been the chief of security police under the Gestapo in a Lithuanian town where eight thousand Jews were murdered over three days in the fall of 1941. In 1942, the local Polish population was also hunted down. Gabis felt compelled to find out the complicated truth of who her grandfather was and what he had done. The result is ... "An eloquent testimony to the war’s enduring, violent impact."—starred Kirkus review.

Community partners: The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The Westport Country Playhouse (co-promotion with their major fall production of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass)

Rita Gabis credit Rina CastelnuovoGabis is the author of two books of poetry, co-author of a book on the craft of writing. Her awards include residencies at Yaddo and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as grants from the Connecticut State Arts foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her publication list includes Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, and most recently Salamander and the anthology "Lit from Inside: Forty Years of Poetry from Alice James Books." She teaches Creative Writing at Hunter College.

Author photo credti Rina Castelnuovo.

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