Outside Events

These events may be of interest to Deutsche Schule Corvallis students, but are offered by other organizations.


The German Program of Portland State University and Zeitgeist Northwest
cordially invite you to an online book reading by author Jutta Donath. She will read selections of her recently published memoir: Refugee: The Journal of an East German Woman.” There will be a Q and A with the author afterwards.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb 17th, 6.00pm-7.30pm. To RSVP, please email carrie23@pdx.edu . You will be sent the zoom link to the event.

About the book: Beginning with her childhood in the East Germany of the 1940s, we follow the author on her family’s dangerous flight from communism. As refugees, they move from town to town in 1950s West Germany, finally settling north of Frankfurt, where Jutta spends her teenage years. After marrying an American army intelligence officer, she emigrates to Oregon, her husband’s home state. She learns about America and its customs as an outsider.

“Through the eyes of a little girl, we see the world in postwar East Germany from an unusual, touching perspective. Horrors and fears like hunger, surveillance in East Germany, and finally flight to the West become real for the reader, but remain through a child’s perspective beautifully new. Jutta lets the reader view a suspenseful chapter of history. .” —Julia Gottschalk, MD

This event is co-hosted by the German Program of Portland State University and Zeitgeist Northwest.