All the Horrors of War

By :  The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Apr 6, 2021 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines

An online conversation with author Dr. Bernice Lerner

Author, scholar, and JTS alum Dr. Bernice Lerner of Boston University when discusses her book, All the Horrors of War: A Jewish Girl, a British Doctor, and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

All the Horrors of War follows Hugh Llewelyn Glyn Hughes, a high-ranking British officer, and Rachel Genuth, a Jewish teenager from the Hungarian provinces, as they navigate the final, brutal year of World War II. Their stories converge before the war’s end, in Bergen-Belsen, where Hughes finds himself responsible for an unprecedented situation: thousands of war-ravaged inmates are in need of immediate hospitalization, including Genuth.

Their narratives tell a larger story—about the suffering of the victims and the struggles of liberators who strove to save lives, about the human capacity for fortitude and redemption.

This event was sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, served as moderator.

About Dr. Bernice Lerner

Dr. Bernice Lerner is a senior scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility and the former dean of adult learning at Hebrew College. She is an alum of JTS and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of adult education.