Polish-American author and poet John Guzlowski will present a lecture on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, in Nucor Auditorium.
Born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, Guzlowski will focus his talk on the raw suffering of voiceless Holocaust survivors, their continued hardship after German surrender and the aftershocks that radiated through successive post-war generations.
Guzlowski’s lecture will include readings from his recently published book of poetry, "Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded," which recounts the atrocities inflicted on his parents during World War II and their life as refugees and immigrants in Chicago.
With a writing career that spans more than 40 years, Guzlowski has amassed a significant body of work in a wide range of genres, from poetry to prose to literary criticism. His work has received high praise, including commendation from Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz, who called Guzlowski’s poetry “exceptional.”
Guzlowski received his bachelor's in English literature from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and his master's and doctorate in English from Purdue University. He is professor emeritus of English literature at Eastern Illinois University and currently lives in Lynchburg, Va.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
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