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J-Talk: “The Politzer Saga” with Author Linda Ambrus Broenniman (In-Person)

Sunday, March 10 @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm

In partnership with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW)

A box found among the ashes of a house fire launches Linda Broenniman on a quest to discover the truth behind her family’s biggest secret – that her Catholic father was actually Jewish. Broenniman tells the story of how she pieces together the astonishing history of eight generations of ancestors – the Politzer family – and their remarkable lives almost lost to her father’s buried past.

Dating back to 18th century Hungary, “The Politzer Saga” is a tale of highly accomplished doctors, entrepreneurs and industrialists, artists and musicians and art collectors who lived, suffered, and prevailed through significant events in the world around them. Today, a permanent exhibition of the same name resides on the 3rd floor of the Rumbach Synagogue in Budapest!

Join author Linda Broenniman as she brings each character to life with luminescent clarity in her poignant narrative. JGSGW VP of Programs, Mary-Jane Roth, will interview Linda about her diligent research to uncover her Jewish ancestry. Light refreshments will be served. A book sale and signing will take place after the presentation.

Fee: Included for J-Family, J-Journey and JGSGW Members; $10 all others

Author’s Bio: Linda Ambrus Broenniman grew up in Buffalo, NY. She is the middle child of seven born to Hungarian physicians who survived World War II and started a new life in the U.S. in 1949. A graduate of Swarthmore College with a BA in psychology, Broenniman went onto get an MBA from Carnie Mellon. Several years after graduation, she left mainstream corporate America to follow her path as an entrepreneur and let her passion for uncovering hidden potential in unexpected places guide her to uncover her family’s secret past. Broenniman lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband and dog, Juno.

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Adult Enrichment

Shari Berman



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