|Haya Leah Molnar was an immigrant twice before she reached the age
of thirteen; initially when her family escaped the Communist regime
from Romania to Israel, and two years later, from Israel to America.
Ms. Molnar will talk about how the emotional impact of immigration is
still relevant for her today, long after becoming an American — and why
she believes, that remembering our roots plays a central role in our
“Under a Red Sky,” Haya Molnar’s recently published, vivid memoir of
her childhood in Communist Romania, captures with touching precocity
the very adult realities of living behind the Iron Curtain. The story
unfolds through her eyes as a young girl, and depicts an eccentric family
of seven adults who will do absolutely anything to keep her safe —
including hiding her Jewish identity from her. Temperamental,
argumentative, but ultimately loving, these are the people who shaped
the author’s formative years and ultimately orchestrated the family’s
escape to the West.
The program will include a reading from the book, and a visual
presentation from the author’s photo archives.
“As Eva pieces together her family’s history, a vivid story emerges;
ranging from funny tender moments of family life to the horrific
revelations of the Romanian holocaust, about which little has been
written….[a] poignant, memorable offering.”