The Jewish-American author Alvin Gilens presents his new book “Reconciling Lives”. This book features the stories of young German volunteers sent by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) to the US, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Israel, and the relationships they built with Holocaust survivors during a year of service.
When Alvin Gilens first learned about ARSP over twenty years ago he found a healing force that moved him deeply. Hearing the powerful stories from German volunteers about their experiences of reconciliation with survivors of Nazi Germany, he recognized that those are stories that must be told. On January 31st he will tell some of them at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco.
A panel discussion with Alvin Gilens, a former ARSP volunteer, and other guests will follow the book presentation and will explore how Germany deals with its Nazi past today, and how younger generations relate to the Holocaust.