Edith Cord, A Hidden Child of the Holocaust Speaks at Garrett College on May 3


‘A Hidden Child of the Holocaust Speaks’ will feature Edith Mayer Cord as part of the Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Garrett College campus in McHenry.

Her book, ‘Becoming Edith: The Education of a Hidden Child’, is the story of a young girl caught up in the traumatic events of the Second World War and of the religious persecution at the hands of the Nazis during the German occupation of France. Born in Vienna, Austria, she moved to Italy, then to France with her family. What follows were the arrest and deportation of her father and her older brother, and then her own experience hiding first in a remote village in the South western part of France, then in various schools and a convent under an assumed name, ending with her flight to Switzerland with a group of teenagers with the help of a clandestine organization known as the Sixieme. 

Deprived of schooling for six years, the story details her intense efforts in the post war years to get an education and to come to terms with this traumatic experience. She succeeded in this endeavor under very difficult conditions while living with the surviving parent whose behavior inflicted more pain. Cord completed her education in France, graduating from the University of Toulouse in 1952 before immigrating to America.

In the United States she taught French and German language and literature at a large state university in Pennsylvania (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Eventually she changed career, earning her Certified Financial Planner designation in 1984. She worked as a broker and financial adviser until 2005. She now devotes herself to writing and public speaking and has three grown children and several grandchildren.

Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, the Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge each year and are open to the public. For more information persons may contact Jack Dubose, Professor of English, at Garrett College, at 301-387-3008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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