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VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB – ‘Restitution’ with Author, Janet Lee Berg

November 12, 2020, noon1 pm.


The Jewish Center of the Hamptons’ Rabbi Debra Stein, Cantor welcomes guest author, Janet Lee Berg, virtually to discuss her new book, ‘Restitution’.

NOVEMBER 12 @ 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
VISIT: www.jcoh.org/bookclub

The Price For Her Life Was A Rembrandt… But What Was the Real Cost?
More Than A Love Story: Justice, Art, And Surviving the Holocaust

“Restitution” is the riveting, multigenerational story of Sylvie Rosenberg, a Holocaust survivor traumatized by the memory of her art dealer father forced to trade paintings with the Nazis in an attempt to save their large extended family. Sylvie’s adult life in 1970s New York is plagued by survivors’ guilt and bitterness. But when her self-destructive ways threaten to upend the life of her Vietnam-vet son, Sylvie finally needs to face her demons. She returns to Holland to confront her past and fight the Dutch judicial system for the return of the masterpieces, but the battle proves far more difficult than Sylvie imagined…

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Weaving in tragic true events from her own family history, Janet Lee Berg shares a sensitive story of history, romance, and humor along with details from the extensive research of Lynn H. Nicholas, the world’s leading expert on art pilfered during WWII. She felt a sense of privilege to continue telling the story of her family through Sylvie’s character. She explains, “A Jewish boy, Bruce Berg, and a Catholic girl, Janet Marino started dating when I was 15 and he was 16. I looked at our similarities more than our differences. A sense of adventure enveloped me – two rebels at a time – when interfaith relationships were more frowned upon.

Even at a young age, I had always wondered why people needed to “label” each other. I needed to understand, so I guess that is why I chose to write about connecting people, despite different ethnic groups, religions, cultures, or parental prejudices. My husband said his mother never really talked about those days – they were the silent generation of kept secrets. I feel six million stories should be told. I like to think that my one story represents many.”

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