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This is a deeply personal story of being torn away from my parents when they were shipped to the Death Camp in Nazi-occupied France, when I was only three and how that left me unanchored and traumatized for most of my life. Will the traumatized migrant children at the border have a kind psychotherapist four times a week to help them heal, like I did? Will we continue to inflict lifelong trauma on these children and sit back and do nothing? I am an author, public speaker, and contemporary witness. I am a Hidden Child survivor of the Holocaust.


About the Speaker

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann

Sylvia Ruth Gutmann

I am an author, public speaker, and contemporary witness. I am a Hidden Child survivor of the Holocaust.

Through my speaking engagements, I am committed to the work of memory, healing, and reconciliation. My work encourages people to shed the guilt and shame of their pasts, and to help us all see our responsibilities to each other. It is my hope that the future will be filled with more love. ‚Äč

I was born in 1939 in Antwerp, Belgium, where my Jewish parents had fled to from Berlin. After living as a Hidden Child in Europe until I was seven, I have lived in New York City, San Diego, Dallas, and Berlin, Germany. I now live in Framingham, MA.

Like my late father, I am a great fan of classical opera and am an avid reader of books of all kinds. My memoir, A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan, is being published by Epigraph Publishing in Rhinebeck, NY. Stay tuned for updates and events through my Facebook Page.