36th Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance
Sponsored by The Concord
Board of Selectmen
Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Concord Town House
Helen Epstein keynote speaker at Holocaust Remembrance
Born in Prague in 1947, Helen Epstein grew up in the Czech community of New York City. She attended Hunter College High School, and studied at CCNY before transferring to and graduating from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1970. In 1971, she graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and began to freelance for diverse publications including McCall’s, Viva, Ms., Midstream, the National Jewish Monthly, the Soho Weekly News, Cosmopolitan, among others.
Epstein became an instant published journalist in 1968 while a 20-year-old college student who was caught in the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. For 12 years, she taught journalism as New York University while free-lancing. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York, The New Yorker, ARTnews and other magazines. She now writes regularly for the New England online magazine The Arts Fuse.
Helen Epstein is the author of six books of literary non-fiction. They include the ground-breaking Children of the Holocaust, one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma; the biography Joe Papp: An American Life; and the memoir Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History. All were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
Her books are rigorously documented, but in their blend of biography, autobiography and history, the private domain and the public record, they read like novels. As a translator from the Czech, Helen’s work includes Heda Margolius Kovály’s Under A Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 and Vlasta Schönová’s Acting in Terezín.
In 2010, Helen co-founded Plunkett Lake Press eBooks which re-issues classics of non-fiction in electronic form on multiple platforms, making them available anywhere in the world.