As a youth in Nazi Germany, Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps. Twenty-eight members of his family died, including his parents and twin brothers.
Lowenberg travels extensively to share his story in the hopes that future genocides may be prevented.
This presentation is the first in a series of three programs at the library planned to complement the themes found in the Great Michigan Read book choice for 2013-14, "Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret" by Steve Luxenberg. The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Luxenberg is also a journalist and editor for the Washington Post. He will be at the Spring Lake library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, to talk about his book.
His work is part memoir, part detective story and part history. His true story about family secrets incorporates themes of genealogy, mental disability and poverty and immigration, providing ample discussion topics for book clubs.
A Book Club in a Bag containing 10 copies of "Annie’s Ghosts," as well as discussion questions and author information is available to be checked out. Free reader’s guides provided by the Michigan Humanities Council are also on hand for library patrons.
A genealogy workshop is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Instructor Bill Grinstead will discuss what information can be found in Census records when researching family history.
The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St.