In November of 2020, CYPRESS hosted a visit from acclaimed author and former University of Evansville professor, Margaret McMullan.
McMullan wrote a memoir that details her journey uncovering her long-lost Jewish past called Where the Angels Lived. That journey takes her from Mississippi to Hungary, and back, as she pieces together the story of her great uncle Richard and her other relatives who died in the Holocaust.
During her visit, McMullan shared her story with more than a thousand students throughout the community. McMullan has traveled the world to promote her book, but this was the first time she had spoken to students about her connection the Holocaust. She wrote about the experiences in a Facebook Post. “We all know it’s important to study WWII and the Holocaust. But right now? It’s more important than ever. Let’s never underestimate our students. Unbelievable day in an unbelievable book tour,” wrote McMullan.
McMullan also wrote about her work with students in Evansville in a column for The Washington Post. You can read the article by clicking this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/01/20/talking-young-students-about-holocaust/
During her visit, McMullan also took part in book readings and signings throughout the Evansville community. She provided a keynote speech at the Evansville Downtown Rotary, and presented public events at the University of Evansville and Temple Adath B’nai Israel (TABI). After her TABI presentation, Margaret hosted a public writing workshop where she encouraged them to remember and capture the stories of their own loved ones.
For more information on Where the Angels Lived, or information on McMullan, you can visit her website at http://margaretmcmullan.com/books/where-the-angels-lived/
You can view a short video of Margaret discussing why Holocaust education is important at https://www.facebook.com/Loopsiderenglish/videos/1027011564327117/