Friday, April 9th 2021
When Jeanne Moran learned of a Nazi pogrom focused on genocide of people with disabilities, she was astounded. She was second generation American of German descent, the sibling of a disabled person, and a practicing physical therapist. If she’d never heard of this pogrom, who else didn’t know?
Moran’s research into that pogrom led her to city archives in Munich, Nuremberg, and London, and to the vast archives of the Library of Congress. The essence of that research became the backdrop for her first historical novel, Risking Exposure.
Along the way, she learned of a number of seldom-discussed Nazi events and campaigns. The Lebensborn program, the Nuremberg rallies, the Romany people, Kristallnacht, the Kindertransport, and the Rat Line all informed Moran’s creation of her second novel, The Path Divided.
Through original photos and materials obtained from primary sources, Moran will share the presentation, “Why would a nice lady write two novels set in Nazi Germany? … and other questions I ask myself.” The content will describe her journey of researching and writing these novels filled with both darkness and hope.
Jeanne Moran is a retired physical therapist who reads and writes stories in which unlikely heroes make a difference in their corner of the world. In her everyday life, she strives to be one of them.
Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 717-626-2255, or in person. Participants will receive a zoom link prior to the program date.