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- Date and time Wed 30 Mar 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:05pm
- Location Online
Dr Noemie Lopian is the daughter of Holocaust survivors Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein and Renee Bornstein, and Mr Derek Niemann is a writer, creative writing tutor and editor specialising in natural history and memoirs. Both will be joining Professor Sir Simon Wessely, RSM immediate past-President, for a conversation about their family histories, the Holocaust and ways to prevent future genocides. Dr Lopian will also talk about her parents surviving the Holocaust and her father and mother’s stories from this time. And Mr Niemann will be talking about how an ordinary man became a perpetrator in arguably the greatest crime of the 20th century.
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Dr Noemie Lopian
Dr Noemie Lopian lived in Germany until the age of 13 before moving to Manchester, England. She qualified as a GP and for the last few years has dedicated her time to educating and commemorating the Holocaust, continuing the legacy of her parents. She spent three years translating her father’s book from German, Die Lange Nacht, into English, The Long Night (The Toby Press: 2016). The Long Night has been featured on BBC radio and television and ITV News, in addition to articles and reviews in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Jewish News and The Jewish Chronicle. More recently, in November 2020 her mother, Renee’s story, was featured on BBC1 (available on YouTube episode 2) in “My Family, The Holocaust and Me” with Robert Rinder.
Mr Derek Niemann
Ten years ago, Mr Derek Niemann interrupted a nature writing career to begin researching and writing a family history story that became A Nazi in the Family, based on the SS grandfather he never knew. Mr Niemann is a creative writing tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education, a nature columnist for The Guardian, and a regular magazine feature writer. He considers his Holocaust mission to be among the most important work of his life.
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