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Wilton Reads 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
March 5 through April 11, 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

We welcome all community members to join Wilton Library this spring as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris for our thirteenth Wilton Reads event. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given us an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen our view of ourselves and the world around us. This year’s community-wide read will bring an exploration of the Holocaust through insightful programming and a collaboration with the Wilton Public Schools.  

Heather MorrisHeather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. She was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


Heather Morris discusses meeting Lale Sokolov

Heather Morris in discussion with Lale Sokolov


Educational Resources and Videos Nonfiction Books & Documentaries Fiction Books & Feature Films

Books for Grades K-2 Books for Grades 3-5

Book Giveaway
To encourage readership and to kick off the Wilton Reads 2019 program, two hundred paperback copies of The Tattooist of Auschwitz will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, beginning Wednesday, February 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while supplies last. The library also has copies of the book in large print, eBook, eAudiobook, and audiobook on CDs.

Wilton Reads 2019 Events

Please join us for the following programs that provide opportunity for insight and conversation about a trying time in our collective history. Be part of our journey of book discussions, a documentary film screening, a history lesson, and more, all culminating in the author talk in person with Heather Morris on Thursday, April 11. Please click on the registration link for more details about each program.

Wilton Reads - Book Giveaway

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

To encourage readership and kick-off our Wilton Reads program, paperback copies of The Tattooist of Auschwitz  by Heather Morris, will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. The books will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last in one morning and one evening session. See the library’s website for details on this community-wide reading program in which participants explore the Holocaust through insightful programming culminating with a visit from the author on April 11 at 7 p.m.

Wilton Reads - Book Giveaway

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

To encourage readership and kick-off our Wilton Reads program, paperback copies of The Tattooist of Auschwitz  by Heather Morris, will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. The books will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last in one morning and one evening session. See the library’s website for details on this community-wide reading program in which participants explore the Holocaust through insightful programming culminating with a visit from the author on April 11 at 7 p.m.

Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Lecture: Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This is an Interfaith Clergy-sponsored presentation by Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, author of In The Lion's Shadow: The Iranian Schindler And His Homeland In The Second World War. Dr. Mokhtari will tell us about the efforts of an Iranian diplomat stationed in Paris who was instrumental in protecting numerous Jews from the Holocaust: truly an example of mutual respect, tolerance, and assistance among religious groups in the face of a shared danger. This program was specially selected to complement this year’s Wilton Reads program.   No charge but donations are always welcome. Registration strongly suggested.

American Legion Centennial Celebration

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

James B. Whipple American Legion Post 86 is pleased to be a partner in the Wilton Reads 2019 program. The community is invited to visit the Post (112 Old Ridgefield Road, next to the Village Market) for a special exhibition that commemorates the centennial anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. Included in the exhibit are artifacts from World War II.  A “100th birthday” cake will be cut and served at 2 p.m. For information, please contact Post 86 at 203-918-3767.

Holocaust Experience through Film

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 8:00pm

Learn more about the Holocaust by viewing educational videos and survivor testimonies. Drop by Wilton Library’s computer training lab anytime during regular hours of operation, or watch at home at your convenience. Wilton Reads 2019 Educational Resources and Videos

Wilton Clergy/Wi-ACT/WLA Interfaith Panel: Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This is the second part of the Wilton Reads Interfaith Clergy program.  Following the earlier program presented by Dr. Fariborz Mokhtari, a panel of Wilton clergy will discuss such related topics as mutual respect and tolerance among religious groups.

Panelists include: Father Reggie Norman from Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church; Rabbi Rachel Ray Bearman from Temple B’nai Chaim; Reverend Shannon White from Wilton Presbyterian Church; Reverend Anne Coffman from Wilton Congregational Church; Reverend Caroline Smith from Wilton Baptist Church; and Reverend Marissa Rohrbach from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. To supplement the discussion, Father Reggie will be bringing a 9/11 Bible, Reverend Coffman will be bringing a communion chalice that was smuggled out of Czechoslovakia during WWII, and Rabbi Bearman will be bringing the temple’s Holocaust Scroll: a historic Torah that survived the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia.

No charge but donations are always welcome. Registration strongly suggested. 

In Concert: Igor Pikayzen and Friends

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

In conjunction with Wilton Reads, renowned violin virtuoso Igor Pikayzen, Adrian Daurov on cello and Imri Talgam on piano will perform a concert of Holocaust-inspired music. The program will be evocative of the subject matter and story in The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the musical selections will include works by composers who perished or lived through the Holocaust. An informal reception follows the concert. The concert is made possible by Dr. Mark and Linda Rubinstein. Registration highly recommended.

Dr. Michael Nolan: Holocaust History Lecture

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Holocaust was one of the most horrific outcomes of a period in European history in which there was a proliferation of horrors.  This talk will attempt to address the developments that culminated in the mass murder of over six million European Jews.  In particular, Michael Nolan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History and Non-Western Cultures, Western Connecticut State University will examine the conditions that made possible the genesis of the 'Final Solution' in Germany, which many contemporaries considered to be at the pinnacle of European civilization.  A Q& A session will follow the talk. There is no charge for the program. Registration highly recommended.

Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton — Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In conjunction with our 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust.  Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff, The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry)  has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. See library’s registration link for details and to register. The series dates are April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Wilton Reads—The Tattooist of Auschwitz Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses our Wilton Reads selection. Beverages will be provided.  No charge. Registration recommended.

Holocaust Survivor Talk ‘Zachor – Remember’

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Born in Czechoslovakia, Judith Altmann was arrested and transported to the Auschwitz at age 14.  She will share her story of survival through extermination camps, slave labor camps, and the ‘death march’ to Bergen-Belsen.  Join us to hear her story and message of hope, and most importantly, to remember. Registration strongly recommended.

The Art of William Pachner

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Ann Pachner will present a slide show of the arc of the work of her father, the artist William Pachner. In 1915, William Pachner was born a Jew in the area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that became Czechoslovakia. He came to the United States in 1939 to work as a commercial illustrator, and received news in 1945 that ‘All is lost’—the extermination by the Nazis of his mother, father, brother and 80 other family members. He then spent the next 60 years becoming a painter, imagining the circumstances of his people and that world, and giving us deeply felt images and a record of one person’s efforts to live with this knowledge and loss and finding the courage and will to affirm life. He was an award-winning artist with works in many museums. Ann Pachner is an artist who lives and works in New York City. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She shares her father’s compelling story with the Wilton Reads audience. See the library’s registration link for more information. The sponsors of this program are Barbara and Martin Hirsh.   Registration recommended.

Wilton Library Readers : The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris this month.  Group meets second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Readers page. Advance registration suggested.

Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton — Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In conjunction with our 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust.  Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff, The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry)  has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. See library’s registration link for details and to register. The series dates are April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Wilton Reads: Author Visit - Heather Morris: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author Heather Morris’s talk is the culminating event of the library’s thirteenth Wilton Reads town-wide reading program.  Ms. Morris will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before her talk. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. The historical fiction based on Lale’s life also is a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now residing in Australia. She was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Q&A will follow the talk. No charge. Registration highly recommended. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Media Sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Wilton Reads – New Perspectives Film Series: The Accountant of Auschwitz

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

In conjunction with our Wilton Reads program, our New Perspectives documentary film series will present The Accountant of Auschwitz, a 2018 documentary about the 2015 trial in Germany of an SS Officer who was a bookkeeper at that concentration camp. In the 1980s he had come out publicly about his time during WW2 in reaction to the rise of Holocaust denial with Groning vehemently denouncing the Holocaust deniers based on his own first-hand experiences at Auschwitz. The film raises many important issues about how Germany handled its Holocaust responsibility after the war as well as issues of personal culpability, redemption, possibly even forgiveness.  Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker, Megan Smith-Harris. A Q&A session and discussion will follow the film. Registration highly recommended.

Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton — Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In conjunction with our 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust.  Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff, The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry)  has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. See library’s registration link for details and to register. The series dates are April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Spring Poetry with Judson Scruton — Poetry Reflective of the Holocaust

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

In conjunction with our 2019 Wilton Reads program, Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Spring Poetry Seminar Series in which we will explore poetry related to the Holocaust.  Poems will come from the anthology Holocaust Poetry compiled by Hilda Schiff, The Poetry of Survival, Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe edited by Daniel Weissbort, poems by W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Elie Wiesel, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko will be considered along with powerful poems by lesser-known voices. Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry)  has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University. Poetry packet available at front desk one week before the seminar begins. No charge for the program. Advance registration required. See library’s registration link for details and to register. The series dates are April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

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