Holocaust survivor Leo Ullman will share his experiences hiding as a young child during WWII at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at Red Land Community Library in Etters. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the free event that will include a book signing of Ullman’s memoirs, and Holocaust-era music by special guest artist Susan Leviton and violinist Lewis Fisher. The program is presented in partnership with the North Eastern York County History in Preservation (NeyChip). Individuals interested in attending should call the library at 717-938-5599 to register or sign up online at yorklibraries.org/events.
Ullman is the author of “796 Days: hiding as a child in occupied Amsterdam during WWII and then coming to America (covering the period 1939-1957).” It is a first-person story of his life as young Jewish boy pushed into hiding with strangers during the brutal occupation by the Nazis. His parents, hiding in an attic elsewhere, did not know his location or if he was alive for nearly two and a half years. Surviving the ordeal, his family left the country to start a new life in the United States. During the upcoming event, copies of Ullman’s “796 Days” and his children’s book “Leo, A Hidden Child in WWII” will be available for purchase and autograph. Proceeds will benefit the library.
“Libraries are known for the thousands of stories lining their shelves. However, programs like this one at Red Land Community Library build on the written word by introducing readers to the author,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “This is an incredible opportunity to hear about Leo’s life journey in person.”
Red Land Community Library is a branch of York County Libraries. As a PA Forward Gold Star library, it provides programs and resources to support the success of all members of the community. The library is at 70 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319 in the heart of the Newberry Commons shopping center.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leo S. Ullman was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in July 1939. After surviving WWII as a "hidden
child," as chronicled in his books, he came to the U.S. with his family in December 1947 to start a new life. He
graduated from Harvard College, Columbia University’s Graduate Schools of Law (J.D.) and Business (MBA).
As a member of the New York bar, Ullman practiced law for more than 30 years. He also served many years as
the Chairman of the Foundation for the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. In addition, he served in the
U.S. Marine Corps. and Marine Corps Reserves.