December 5, 2017
This date changed from original Dec. 12 due to scheduling conflict.
Speakers: Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
and Michael Ehrmann, SHHS President
This talk will include a family story of flight by Squirrel Hill Historical Society president Michael Ehrmann and some perspective on resettlement in Pittsburgh by refugees and World War II survivors by historian Barbara Burstin
About Dr. Burstin:
SHHS Member Dr. Burstin teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, including Osher classes. Her courses deal with the American Jewish experience, the U.S. and the Holocaust, and now a new course on the history of Pittsburgh. In addition to Jewish Pittsburgh, Dr. Burstin is the author of Steel City Jews, a history of Pittsburgh and its Jewish community from 1840 to 1915, and its sequel, Steel City Jews in Prosperity, Depression and War, published in 2015, looks at the community in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. She has also produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh.
About Michael Ehrmann:
Michael Ehrmann has been President of the SHHS since 2003. He was a real estate appraiser for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2013. His specialty was historic properties, and he has appraised historical buildings throughout the country. Michael will talk about his family’s experience in fleeing the Nazis from Germany.