Philip N. Backstrom Jr. Survivor Lecture With Eva Paddock

March 27, 2024 Boston Free
Eva Paddock, Holocaust, Kindertransport
Eva Paddock (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Saslav)

Eva Paddock was born in Czechoslovakia in 1935. Her mother, Sonia (born Ziv), was a physician (an emigre from Soviet Latvia), and her father, Rudolf Fleischmann, worked as an editor and political activist. In July 1939 Eva and her sister, Milena, were sent to safety in England on the last Kindertransport train to leave Prague.

The Czech kindertransports were masterminded and organized by Nicholas Winton, a young British banker. When they arrived in Britain, Eva and her sister were taken into foster care by a warm and loving English family. Eva is one of the very few children whose parents survived. Her parents escaped separately and the family was reunited in the north of England in 1940. Eva grew up in Britain, married Jim Paddock, a British architect, in 1955, and the family moved to Cambridge, MA, in 1965.

Eva has had multiple careers in education, teaching at all levels from early childhood to graduate school. She speaks of herself as a “serial retiree.” She retired from her position as a K-8 school principal in Cambridge, taught at UMass for five years, retired again and then returned to graduate school and launched her new career as a mental health clinician. She worked as a group therapist in a community-based day-treatment center for another nine years. Her clients were adults of all ages suffering from long-term and persistent mental illness. Eva was widowed in 2016. She has three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She currently serves on the boards of the Cambridge Council on Aging and the Boston Group of the World Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants. She co-facilitates a weekly support group for local child Holocaust survivors and supports Holocaust education as a speaker in schools locally and throughout the country.

This event is part of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week at Northeastern University.

Presented by the Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee, the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Jewish Studies Program and the Humanities Center.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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