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Sunday, November 21 • 10:00am - 11:00am
The Morro Castle Disaster of 1934 and the Life and Death of Eva Hoffman

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In a small Jewish cemetery in London, Ontario, the 1934 tombstone of Eva Hoffman reads that she died "due to the Morro Castle." Significantly, Eva was the only Canadian passenger to perish in this September 8 1934 maritime disaster in New Jersey, one of the worst in American history. This presentation will show how this accomplished young woman, born and raised in London's closely-knit Jewish community, came to be on this ill-fated ship and will reveal how Jewish perceptions and rituals played an important role in how the tragedy and Eva were memorialized.

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Sonia Halpern

Sonia Halpern is an Art Historian and a multi-award winning professor at Western University. Along with publishing academic articles, two collections of poetry, and a book of original music compositions, she has appeared in many local theatrical productions, and is a regular contributor... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST