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“Out of The Past: The Jewish Family’s History is Real History”
April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
An adventure in genealogy by Penn alum, Mr. James E. Schwartz, C’78
James E. Schwartz, Penn alumnus and attorney, will tell a story of generations that echoes the age-old recounting that we hear at the Seders. Discovering a wealth of family history through years of research into his genealogy, Mr. Schwartz will share tales of unexpected connections and unusual characters, all of them his ancestors, both direct and collateral. These ancestors include Ashkenazic Jewish immigrants to the United States, Great Britain and Ireland, members of the Socialist/Communist avant-garde, soldiers who fought in the Civil War and the First World War, and one who, happily, was able to survive the Holocaust. Mr. Schwartz’s passionate journey into the past will inspire Penn students and members of the larger community to seek their own family histories today.
James E. Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn in 1978 and his Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School in 1981. For the past 36 years, he has practiced law in Manhattan, primarily as a commercial litigator. About 15 years ago, with the advent of websites such as Ancestry.com, he was finally able to fulfill his life-long desire to find out information about his ancestors. He has built a family tree containing information on nearly 2500 individuals who are both directly and collaterally related to him. He and his wife, Susan L. Cohen, are the parents of three children: Jessica, Deborah (Penn 2016), and Andrew, and live in Mamaroneck, New York.
Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. For more information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 215-898-6654.