In My Own Words with Silvia Foti, author of The Nazi’s Granddaughter.
Original Program Date: October 7, 2021
What would you do if you found out that your war-hero grandfather was not a hero—instead, he was responsible for the deaths of eight thousand Jews? The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was a War Criminal is Silvia Foti’s account of her wrenching, twenty-year investigation that not only reshaped her family history but also exposed an official cover-up by the Lithuanian government that resulted in an internationally followed lawsuit. Her discovery has undone a national narrative in Lithuania which converted Holocaust villains like Silvia’s grandfather into war heroes.
Silvia made a deathbed promise to her mother to write a book about her famous, WWII hero grandfather, Jonas Noreika. Silvia’s grandmother begged her not to write about her husband. “Just let history lie,” she whispered. Silvia had no idea that in keeping her promise to her mother, her discoveries would bring her to a personal crisis, challenge her Catholic faith, unearth Holocaust denial, and expose an official cover-up by the Lithuanian government.
I was glued to this story! Silvia Foti takes you on a journey that you will NOT soon forget. You feel like you are right there with her as she peels away the layers of her emotional search for the truth, brilliantly executed – a must-read!!
About Our Speaker
SILVIA FOTI is an award-winning investigative journalist and English teacher, and she holds master’s degrees in journalism, education, and creative nonfiction. She has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, L.A. Parent, Dappled Things, Southtown Economist, Southwest News Herald, Buenos Aires Herald, Argentine News, and Salon.com. Fluent in Lithuanian, English, and Spanish, she lives near Chicago. The Nazi’s Granddaughter is her third book.
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