Pacific Professor Lorely French Opens New York Exhibit About Roma Holocaust Survivor

Cejia Stojka in Austria in 20098Pacific University German Professor Lorely French headlines the opening of an exhibition she co-curated at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York on May 24. The exhibition celebrates the remarkable life of Ceija Stojka, an artist, writer and Holocaust survivor.

The event will feature a free reception for Pacific alumni and friends, followed by a reading from Stojka's memoir, which French translated and published in English.

French has devoted much of her recent career to translating and documenting the remarkable life of Stojka, a member of the Lowara Roma tribe of Austria who was detained and interned by Nazis at concentration camps including Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen, from which she was liberated in 1945. In her later years, Stojka was an artist and writer, and became a prominent voice calling for recognition of the Roma genocide. She died in 2013.

Lorely FrenchThe reception for the exhibit, called What Should I Be Afraid Of, will be at 5 p.m., with the formal opening beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free, but advance registration is required for planning purposes.

At Pacific, French teaches undergraduate courses in German, international studies and gender and sexuality studies

(Photos: Top: Ceija Stojka in Vienna, 2008; Bottom, Professor Lorely French)

Tuesday, May 2, 2023