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Carla Peperzak, who helped hide Jews during the Holocaust, added as Coffee Talk panelist


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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Elizabeth Backstrom

About Elizabeth Backstrom

Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.

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