An Uncommon Journey



In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht


The Museum of Tolerance invites you to meet two survivors of Kristallnacht, Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, who will share their experience and discuss their new book: 

An Uncommon Journey

From Vienna to Shanghai to America, A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II

Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00pm


As children, siblings Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs survived Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a wave of state-sponsored anti-Jewish violence in Nazi-controlled areas on November 9th and 10th in 1938.  They fled Vienna with their family aboard a ship destined for Shanghai, eventually resettling in America.

AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY, is a unique memoir from the two very different perspectives of a brother and a sister 10 years apart in age, as they recall memories and experiences and speak of their ongoing search to find out what happened to the Nazi SS officer in Vienna who surprisingly saved their lives.

Deborah Strobin has extensive fundraising experience. After her husband's passing she organized Reach for Tomorrow, Research Today, the largest  fundraiser gala in U.S. history, for stem cell research.

Ilie Wacs studied art in Paris after World War II.  He became a celebrated coat designer in the United States.  Now retired, he devotes his full time to painting, with frequent showcases of his work in New York galleries.

A book signing opportunity will follow the program.

This special program is included with your Museum admission.  Seating is limited.  Advance reservations are recommended.

Call 310-772-2504 to purchase your MOT tickets and to RSVP for this program.

Free underground parking. 

Please be considerate of our residential neighbors and make every effort to avoid driving through single-family residential neighborhood streets.


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