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The Red Handkerchief: A Holocaust Memoir

Jan 20
7 PM
Talk and Book Signing
Montrose / Museum District
The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross Street

Presented by the Holocaust Museum Houston

At age 19, Maria Spronk-Hughes—the speaker’s mother—joined a resistance group in Amsterdam and performed acts of sabotage against the Nazis. At age 22, she was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to a Nazi prison and then to the Vught concentration camp. In 1944, she was put on trial by the Nazis for sabotage. The Red Handkerchief is based on her life experience. Yvonne will speak about her mother’s experiences and her moral courage to do the right thing. “The Red Handkerchief,” which is part of the permanent exhibition at Holocaust Museum Houston, will be on loan to the Menil Collection for display during their exhibit Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Non-Violence.
Admission is free, advance registration not required