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Public invited to open talk and Q&A, 9 a.m., Friday, May 6

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 2, 2005) – Tidewater Community College will host author, retired physician and Holocaust survivor Sabina S. Zimering in a talk with a question-and-answer session at 9 a.m. this Friday, May 6, in the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk.

Dr. Zimering also will read excerpts from her book, Hiding in the Open, A Holocaust Memoir (2001, North Star Press of St. Cloud Inc.). The illustrated paperback, now in its fourth edition, tells the story of the author and her sister as two Jewish teenagers who escaped the Piotrkow Ghetto hours before the mass deportation of Jews began.

A native of Poland, Zimering was 16 when World War II began. With false IDs from Catholic friends, she and her sister escaped and passed as Catholic Poles in Nazi Germany. After the war, Zimering went to medical school in Munich, immigrated to Minneapolis, raised a family and practiced medicine for 42 years, all the while keeping in touch with her Catholic friends.

National print and broadcast media has featured her book and life story, and the History Theater in St. Paul presented Hiding in the Open on their stage, with great success. Accolades for her book include comments from Joel Coen, director of Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou, saying, “Over the years, I have seen, heard and read a lot about the Holocaust . . . Hiding in the Open is a very powerful and moving piece of work. I couldn’t put it down.” And Paulette Bates Alden, author of Feeding the Eagles and Crossing the Moon, wrote, “Sabina Zimering’s memoir will break your heart and renew your faith in the human spirit. You will weep for the young Sabina’s tragic losses and cheer her on for her guts and wits . . .”

Dr. Zimering continues to travel the country to share her story, speaking and signing her book at colleges and schools, churches and synagogues, book groups and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

She will sign books after her talk at TCC on May 6. (She will have some books with her; attendees are welcome to bring their own copies.) For event details, call 822-1182.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit