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French Author on Tour: Géraldine Schwarz — Feb-Mar, 2023

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Photo by Astrid di Crollalanza

Journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author Géraldine Schwarz will be on tour in the US to promote her Those Who Forget (tr. by Laura Marris).

Based in Berlin, Géraldine Schwarz is a German-French journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author. Her Those Who Forget, is her first book. It won the European Book Prize, Germany’s Winfried Peace Prize, and Italy’s NordSud International Prize for Literature and Science and is currently being translated into eight languages. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Those Who Forget

Translated by Laura Marris from French, Those Who Forget its paperback was released in September 2022.

Already receiving international acclaim, Those Who Forget follows author Géraldine Schwarz as she discovers more about the lives of her German and French grandparents during World War II. An exploration of the history of Europe’s post-war reckoning with fascism, the memoir urges the reader to remember the lessons learned in World War II in light of recent far-right and nationalist sentiments.

During the war, Schwarz’s French grandfather was a police officer in Vichy France; on her German side, her grandparents were non-innocent bystanders, sometimes even taking advantage of Nazi policies. In this exploration, Schwarz considers the roles her grandparents played in perpetuating fascist policies during the war. 

Following three generations of her family’s history in post-war Europe, Schwarz investigates the ideologies that came into play, as well as the role of collective guilt in creating a democratic responsibility, highlighting the importance of being able to look back on history so as not to repeat it. 


Tour location and date: East Coast, End of January beginning of February 2023

Note that we have limited funding available for our tours. Please let us know if you would be able to arrange for domestic travel to/from the event. If you would like to invite this author to speak at your university or bookstore, please fill out the application form.

For more information, please email Anne-Sophie Hermil


February 27, March 10, 2023

March 1: 2023: Goethe Institute, Washington DC

March 2, 2023: Georgetown University

March 3, 2023: American University

March 7, 2023: Harvard Universiy, Cambridge

March 8, 2023: New York University

March 9, 2023: Columbia University, New York

March 9, 2023: Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York



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