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March 20, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | Bring your own lunch. Coffee and cookies will be served. | Free for museum member. $10 general admission. | Become a member today! 

Steve Pruzan tells the story of how his grandparents fled Germany in 1939 and made their home in the United States. (Photo: Steve Pruzan's grandparents, Max and Helene Schlonau, in Seattle) 

Steve's mother, Inge, and grandparents, Max and Helene Schlonau, lived on a large farm in Germany. After Hitler came to power in 1933, life became progressively more difficult for the family. After Max was arrested on kristallnacht, the family made plans to leave. With a cousin already settled in Seattle, the Schlonau's set sail for America on September 1, 1939.

Steve shares his family's story as a Legacy Speaker as part of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau.

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The Lunch-and-Learn programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of: Eli and Rebecca Almo, Bob Evans and Steve Davis,Rich and Laurie Padden, and Stanley and Michele Rosen

Additional support provided by: 4Culture and the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany.