Shadwell Speaker Series featuring Georgia Hunter


Shadwell Speaker Series featuring Georgia Hunter

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When Georgia Hunter was 15 years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Her New York Times bestselling book, We Were the Lucky Ones, was born of her decade-long quest to uncover her family's staggering history. Today, her book has landed in the hands of over one million readers, having been translated into 16 foreign languages. Recently, it was optioned by Hulu as a limited series. Please join Georgia at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation as she shares her story—and what it was like to write it.

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About Georgia Hunter

Since graduating from UVA in 2000 with a degree in psychology, Georgia Hunter has written extensively. Her personal essays have been featured in the New York Times, travelgirl, and on Georgia also has written adventure travel pieces for outfitters such as Austin Adventures and The Explorer’s Passage.


About the book

We Were the Lucky Ones is the extraordinary, propulsive true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite. 

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

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