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Dr. Lisa Gruenberg discusses her memoir My City of Dreams with Dr. David Urion

May 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EST

Join author Dr. Lisa Gruenberg (Nonfiction, June 2007) for a special virtual conversation with Dr. David Urion about her second-generation Holocaust memoir, My City of Dreams. This event, hosted by the bioethics centers of Harvard Medical School and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will not only discuss Gruenberg’s personal journey, but will also examine her memoir’s importance from the point of view of living ethically.

In My City of Dreams, Gruenberg, confronted with her elderly father’s flashbacks and nightmares, begins to inhabit the story of his sister Mia, who disappeared into Germany in 1941 when she was just fifteen years old. After her father’s death in 2005, Gruenberg traveled to Vienna, Germany and back to her childhood to explore this lost landscape, and to trace the fates of Mia, their extended family, friends and neighbors. Using letters, old photographs, primary source documents and her father’s writing, she weaves her story with theirs. 

Jane Brox (Nonfiction, MFA Writing Faculty), author of Brilliant and Silence writes: “Gruenberg’s search for coherence becomes a journey of both discovery and imagination, and ultimately brings her to an understanding that proves also to be a form of healing.” My City of Dreams is a gift – an honest and thoughtful book, beautifully written and full of compassion.

Learn more about My City of Dreams here: lisagruenberg.com


Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Center for Bioethics and Humanities


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