Lecture and Reading by Angela Thompson at CSULB
March 5, 2013 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Invitation by Associate Professor of German,
Dr. Nele Hampel-Lamer
The lecture includes the 4 topics from her books:
Blackout – A Woman’s Struggle for Survival in 20th Century Germany
Sophias Verlangen – Eine deutsch-deutsche amerikanische Geschichte
1. My mother’s last trip to her Grandfather’s farm in Upper Silesia in the summer of 1944.
2. In November/December of 1944 my mother went on her last trip to Königsberg in East
Prussia at that time when people were beginning to flee by the tens of thousands
from Prussia and no one travelled east anymore.
3. The Bombing of Dresden on February 13 and 14, 1945.
4. The arrival of Soviet troops in May 1945 in Bischofswerda/Saxony, our trip to
East Berlin to escape from West Berlin to West Germany in the fall of 1951.
Between Communism and Capitalism:
Childhood, Family and Ideology in East Germany and Yugoslavia
Readings: Angela Thompson and Ana Tajder
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.
USC-Max Kade Institute, 2714 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Discussion moderated by Sarah Pratt – Professor, Slavic Languages &
Literatures and Vice-Provost for Graduate Programs at USC
Reception to follow the program
Angela Thompson was born in Dresden, and eventually fled with her
family to West Germany. In 1968, she moved to Los Angeles with her
own family. She is now a full-time writer and lecturer. Among her
writings, she has written “Blackout: A Woman’s Struggle for Survival
in Twentieth Century Germany” and “Sophias Verlangen: Eine
deutsch-deutsche amerikanische Geschichte” (Sophia’s Longing: An
East-West German and American Story).
Ana Tajder is a journalist, essayist and novelist, with a background
in dance and business. She was born and raised in Zagreb, Yugoslavia;
moved to Vienna in 1991 and currently resides in Los Angeles with her
husband, writer Nic Kelman. In addition to “Titoland: A More Equal
Childhood,” she has written “From Barbie to the Vibrator” and
numerous short stories and non-fiction pieces.
Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 213.743.2707
The evening is organized and hosted by The Max Kade Institute
for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at USC and
The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War.
History, Her Stories:
Germany from a Californian Perspective
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 1:15p
Pomona College Hahn Building, Claremont, CA
The conference: History, Her Stories: Germany from a Californian Perspective
will present four distinguished artists, storytellers and documentarians
whose acclaimed film, radio and nonfiction literary work constitutes a
cross-pollination between German and Californian experiences.
This conference will explore four mutually illuminating historical spotlights,
that range from childhood memories of the late 1930s by authors
Angela Thompson and Karin Finell to reevaluations of German Democratic
Republic history, by filmmakers Gabriele and Mark Hayes to reflections on
contemporary global and local concerns, by journalist Kerstin Zilm.
The event is sponsored by Pomona College, the German Academic Exchange Service
and the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, Los Angeles.
Reading in Lancaster, California
April 30th, 2011 at 4 p.m.
At the house of Dr. Harald Krüger
43422 25th Street West
Lancaster CA 93536
I shall be in Europe from the middle of May until the end of June 2011.
On the weekend of June 24 - 26 I’ll be in Dresden for the
Annual Business Meeting of the Historical Green Vault Museum.
In Europe you can contact me on my cell phone: 0175 44 60 960
You can also reach me by e-mail.
Talk in Dresden about “Integration and Human Rights in Europe”
Tuesday the 21st of June 2011 at 7.00 p.m. at the
Lions Club Dresden „Käthe Kollwitz“
Reading in Long Beach, California
With the success of past readings and book signings of
Blackout – A Woman’s Struggle for Survival in
Twentieth Century Germany,
we are planning another one on Saturday,
May 15th 2010 at 6 p.m. in Long Beach.
Melanie Kircher is still trying to find a
larger space with easy parking.
If you have not been able to attend one of the previous readings,
please mark your calendars with the new date and time now.
We will let you know the address as soon as
we have the location or call:
Melanie Kircher 562.714.4648
Angela Thompson 310.313.2521
Refreshments will be served.
It is my great pleasure to invite you to a reading from the American edition
of Blackout - A Woman's Struggle for Survival in Twentieth Century
Germany by Angela Thompson. The book was first published in Hamburg,
Germany in 2005 under the title Bleib immer neben mir – Ein deutsches
Frauenleben, where it is now in its 4th edition.
Angela, who has lived in the United States since 1970, wanted to make her
mother’s story available to American readers. “Written without
sentimentalism or maudlin victimization, it contributes greatly to our
understanding of one of the darkest periods of the last century.” (Ehrhard
Bahr, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German, UCLA).
Please join us for a fun afternoon on:
Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
Hosts: Sarah Gavit and Andre de Salis
580 Arbor Street
Pasadena CA 91105
Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by Thursday, April 15th
Sarah Gavit: 626.584.0946 or
Angela Thompson: 310.313.2521
To read more from Blackout also go to:
amazon.com, where you can
purchase the book. Angela will be glad to sign your books. She will also
bring some copies to the reading.
Please join us for a Reading and Discussion of
A Woman's Struggle for Survival in
Twentieth Century Germany
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Hostess: Reporter Kerstin Zilm
Refreshments will be served
Announcement to our next Concert with
The Cellist Sebastian Toettcher
on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
at Angela Thompson
Further information, program and invitations will follow.
We would like to invite you to a special
Wende Museum Event
Please mark your calendars and look for more information
Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
For information of this event please contact:
310.216.1600 x 305
The Wende Museum
5741 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City CA 90230