Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Marking the 77th Anniversary of Kristalnacht - the Night of Shattered Glass
November 9 2015

Telling the Story of Edi Shafer - A writer's perspective

Location: Muskegon Community College

  • Stevenson Center - Room 1200
  • Guest Speaker: Mary Munson Murphy
  • Interviewed by Susan Harrison Wolffis
  • Poster: pdf

Edi Shafer became one of thirty-five thousand Jews in Shanghai. Her parents left Germany after Kristalnacht. Edi was born the year after her parents escape. Her story was written by Mary Munson Murphy. Mary will talk about her writing of Edi’s story, the challenge of telling the story, the discoveries, and the necessity to gather the stories for the future.

Mary Munson Murphy of Mequon is a Holocaust education specialist for the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education and Resource Center. Murphy taught middle school in La Crosse Public Schools for 25 years, then served as associate director of education for the Holocaust Museum Houston, in Houston, Texas. She has edited a collection of survivor memoirs and is working on the editing of a second such volume. She is a 2001 graduate of the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teacher Program sponsored by the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Congregation Sons of Abraham in La Crosse presented Mary with its Gregory P. Wegner Holocaust Educator Award in 2008.

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