Carla Peperzak was 16 when the German occupation started in her native Holland in the spring of 1940. She was 18 when she first helped a family go into hiding.
She became a U.S. citizen in 1958 and moved to Spokane in 2004, often speaking publicly about her experiences in schools to educate today’s children about the Holocaust.
“I did not have any responsibility – only for myself – and that made a big difference. I felt I could help. I had the opportunity,” Peperzak told The Spokesman-Review in 2015.
Peperzak will be a guest panelist at Coffee Talk: Forgive or Forget at 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 5) at the Saranac Commons, 19 W Main Ave. Other panelists are SpokaneFāVS writers Patricia Bruininks, who teaches psychology at Whitworth, poet Christi Ortiz and guest panelist Melissa Opel of the Spokane Buddhist Temple.
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