Keynote Speaker Announced

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We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker at IAJGS 2014 will be David Laskin. His award-winning books are especially relevant to our family experiences and to the World War I era.

Laskin’s book, “The Family”, tells the story of the three paths taken by his family. Descended from a Torah scribe in the Pale, some came to America, some went to Palestine as pioneer farmers, and some remained in Europe to face the horrors of the Shoah.

In his previous book, “The Long Way Home”, he describes the experiences of a dozen European immigrants who returned to Europe as part of the American expeditionary forces in World War I.

His presentation will be given during the opening session on Sunday evening, 27 July. More information about David Laskin can be found on his web site,