Ernestine Bradley to Speak on ‘German Roots’ at ICM

Ernestine Bradley to Speak on ‘German Roots’ at ICM

Ernestine Bradley to Speak on ‘German Roots’ at ICM

ICM (Israel Congregation of Manchester) presents Dr. Ernestine Bradley, who will discuss ‘German Roots to an American Life: The Impact of the Shoah,’ her remarkable journey from war-torn Europe to our nation’s capital. The evening will include a screening of a short but powerful film entitled ‘Torte Bluma.’ This special program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at at ICM, 6025 Main Street/Route 7A, Manchester Center.

A professor of comparative literature, Dr. Bradley’s childhood was spent in Germany during World War II. She came to know wartime dislocations and food shortages, along with the challenges of caring for siblings while her mother was ill. The men of her hometown were away at war, and their absence created an exciting, unexpected freedom – a freedom she sought again at age 21 when she became a stewardess, moved to Atlanta and then to New York. Ernestine went on to marry Bill Bradley, a shy New York Knicks basketball star who became a prominent US Senator and later Presidential hopeful. Her personal journey, recounted in her memoir ‘The Way Home: A German Childhood, an American Life,’ is one of triumph and inspiration.

Dr. Bradley will also facilitate a discussion of ‘Torte Bluma,’ an 18-minute film that focuses on Franz Stangl, an SS officer at the Treblinka extermination camp, and his unusual relationship with his cook and housekeeper, one of the many Jewish captives called ‘sonderkommandos’. The public is invited at no charge, but free will donations are appreciated. For details, call Lisa Bendik at 802-362-4578 or email her at


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