Author Discusses Her Father's Role in the Liberation of the Ebensee Concentration Camp

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Wednesday November 11, Jan Elvin will discuss her book, The Box from Braunau: In Search of My Father’s War, in the Center for the Arts Williamson Theatre at 7:00pm. Admission is free.

Jan Elvin presents her father Bill’s World War II experiences as well as his participation in the liberation of the Ebensee concentration camp. After his return from the war, he suffered nightmares and was often emotionally unavailable for his family. Yet he had a distinguished career as an editor of a Northern Virginia community newspaper and was an outstanding journalist who left behind riveting accounts of his military service. His daughter discovered his journals only months before his death, and realized that her father was a victim of undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jan Elvin was founding editor and, for 17 years, chief writer of NPP Journal, a quarterly publication of the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Local veterans will also participate in a color guard in observance of Veteran’s Day.

This event is presented by Hillel at CSI, Amy Posner, director; Dr. Irene Deitch, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, CSI; the Staten Island Jewish Community Center, the CSI Armed Forces Club, and the CSI Student Veterans Center.

For more information, call 718.982.2200.

After his service in World War II Bill Elvin forged a career as the editor of a Virginia newspaper.

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