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Sembler-FHM Lecture at USFSP
Monday, November 18, 2013
University Student Center Ballroom

Vera Gran was one of the most famous singers in Poland when the Nazis invaded and sent her to the Warsaw ghetto.  She survived only to spend the rest of her life fighting accusations that she was a Nazi collaborator.


Gran's story will be recounted by Polish author Agata Tuszynska at the Debbie and Brent Sembler Florida Holocaust Museum Lecture at USF St. Petersburg.  The lectures is FREE and open to the public.


During the lectures, Tuszynska will discuss her book, Vera Gran:  The Accused, and play recordings of Gran's musical performances.


The Boston Glob called The Accused "a book of extraordinary depth and power that sets one tormented individual on a lifelong struggle across the moral cloudland."


Before WWII, Gran performed at theaters and cabarets across Poland.  During the war she was forced into the Ghetto where she often performed with Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose memoir was the basis for the film "The Pianist."  Szpilman was among those who later accused Gran of being a collaborator, though he later recanted.  Two official inquiries cleared Gran, but the stain persisted until her death in 2007.  


At the USF ST. Petersburg University Student Center Ballroom located at 200 6th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701