CANCELLED: Irene Butter - Shores Beyond Shores (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

Please note: This event has been cancelled due to a family emergency. We hope to announce a rescheduled date shortly.

In conversation with Christina Desser

Shores Beyond Shores—Irene Butter's memoir of her experiences before, during and after the Holocaust—is not a recounting of misery and tragedy; rather it is the genuine story of a girl coming to terms with a terrible event and choosing to view herself as a survivor instead of a victim. When the Dutch police knock on their door, Irene and her family were forced to leave their home and board trains meant for cattle. They were taken to Nazi-controlled prison camps and finally to Bergen-Belsen, where Irene was a fellow prisoner with Anne Frank. With limited access to food, shelter, and warm clothing, Irene's family needed nothing short of a miracle to survive. Later forbidden from speaking about her experiences by the American relatives who cared for her, Irene is now making up for lost time. She has shared the stage with peacemakers such as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel, and she considers it her duty to tell her story now and on behalf of the six million other Jews who have been permanently silenced. Throughout the book, her first-person account celebrates the love and empathy that can persist even in the most inhumane conditions.

Irene Butter's words send a poignant message against hate at a time when anti-Semitic, fascist and xenophobic movements around the globe are experiencing a resurgence. Irene, through her book, reminds us of the impact one person can have in choosing to follow the mantra, 'never a bystander'—a phrase she adopted only 33 years ago, after her own voice was silenced by her cousins in the years after the Holocaust. Now, Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known inspirational speaker on her experiences during World War II.

Chris Desser is an artist, writer, and advocate for progressive social change. She was a Fellow at On the Commons and developed A Catalogue of Extinct Experience, a collaborative art installation demonstrating that our best, creative selves grow out of and depend on preserving a diverse and evolving planet. She was recently appointed to the Marin County Planning Commission and previously served on the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Commission for the Environment. Author of numerous articles and essays, Chris co-edited Living with the Genie—Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery.  She has practiced environmental law and served on the boards of many companies, foundations and progressive non-profit organizations including The Women’s Donor Network, The Rockwood Leadership Institute, Patagonia, Mother Jones Magazine, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Furthur Foundation.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781916190801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: TSB - October 1st, 2019

Irene's first person Holocaust memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times.