“From Holocaust to Community Activism; Surviving as a Hidden Child in Slovakia” by Dr. Susan Lederman with IWF – New Jersey

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  • “From Holocaust to Community Activism; Surviving as a Hidden Child in Slovakia” by Dr. Susan Lederman with IWF – New Jersey
    February 25, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hidden Children is a term for Jewish children who, during the Holocaust, were hidden in various ways, in order to save them from the Nazis in Poland, Slovakia, and also in Western Europe.  Sometimes the children were physically visible, but disguised as Christians in convents or with Christian families.  Sometimes they were physically hidden behind made up walls or in underground cellars with only periodic or no access to the real world.  Often some combination of both.

It was one thing to not die, another to live fully and thrive.  From a hidden child in Slovakia to a College Professor, an IWF Chapter President, and a political activist in the USA, Sue Lederman will share her personal journey of survival, and lessons in courage, resilience and perseverance.

Susan Lederman is Professor Emerita of Public Administration at Kean University.  She had served as Director of Kean’s Master of Public Administration Program and has been on the faculty at the University since 1977.

Dr. Lederman is also a past president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and was president of the New Jersey League of Women Voters from 1985 - 1989.  She has served on a number of New Jersey and national public policy commissions on issues such as taxes, judicial appointments, health care reform and as a commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. She is coauthor of the book, Elections in America: Control and Influence in Democratic Politics.

Dr. Lederman holds leadership positions in various civic organizations, notably, on the executive committee of New Jersey Future, had served on the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association and as a director on the Common Cause National Governing Association.  She is the past president of IWF NJ.

Susan Lederman holds an A.B. degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.   She was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, and immigrated with her parents to the United States in 1948. She and her late husband, Dr. Peter Lederman moved to New Providence, NJ, in 1964.


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