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Translator Florette Lynn
Shoah Literature Press
About Florette Lynn
Florette Lynn’s mother left Ivenets in 1911. She settled in America, built a new life, raised a daughter, and never saw her family again. When Lynn searched for her family’s roots, she found a nearly forgotten world.
Lynn’s passion to honor the memories of Eastern European Holocaust survivors has produced a Yizkor book that goes beyond translation to delve deeper into the culture, lifestyle, livelihood, traditions and personalities of typical shtetl residents before World War II.
Her experiences translating the Yiddish into English and traveling to Ivenets with her family have made her a sought-after speaker on Yizkor books, shtetl life, and the quest to keep the memories of those who survived the Holocaust.
Lynn worked as a librarian in elementary schools, high schools, college and public libraries for 26 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Hunter College, a Master’s degree in Library Science at Queen’s College, City University of New York, was a doctoral student at Columbia University Teachers College, and took professional development courses for working librarians at Rutgers University.
Her Yiddish education included Workmen’s Circle Elementary School in the Bronx, Workmen’s Circle High School in New York City, and Jewish Teacher’s College in New York City.
She was awarded a Time Out/Scholars in Residence fellowship by the College of New Rochelle, NY, to translate the Ivenets Holocaust memorial book from Yiddish into English at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio in December 2000.
Lynn has spoken about her experiences at the opening of the Metro West exhibit of “Memory into History, at the Hadassah JCC Washington Township, at the Senior Club JCC Tenafly, and at a Randolph High School Holocaust Course. She also presented her Yizkor book program at B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Jersey City in commemoration of Kristallnacht.
The first edition of These We Remember was accepted into the collection of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and earned a rave review by Dr. Michael Riff, Director of the Holocaust and Genocide Center at Ramapo College in New Jersey.