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October 29, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Rudi Haymann & the Hillel at FIU


October 29, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books and the Hillel at FIU present…


in conversation with

Jon Warech


Beyond Borders: Escaping the Holocaust and Fighting the Nazis. 1938 – 1948

(Amsterdam Publishers, $16.95-$23.95)

Sunday, October 29th, 6:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books, in collaboration with the Hillel at Florida International University (FIU), is honored to present an evening with World War II survivor and centenarian, Rudi Haymann. His life’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and Haymann continues to be a model of this tribute, as he still devotes his time to speaking about extraordinary challenges he’s had to overcome. Please join us as he discusses his moving memoir, Beyond Borders: Escaping the Holocaust and Fighting the Nazis. 1938 -1948 (Amsterdam Publishers). He will be in conversation with the Executive Director of Hillel at FIU, Jon Warech.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Berlin, 1938. Sixteen-year-old Rudi is summoned by the Nazis and informed that he is “under surveillance” as an enemy of the Reich. The circle of Nazi intimidation is closing in on him, his family, and all German Jews. Fearing for his life, and driven by his ideals, Rudi escapes to British Palestine to become a kibbutz pioneer, drying the swamps and training in the Haganah. As the Nazi Army under Rommel’s command lands in Africa, Rudi enlists in the British Army to fight the Nazis, serving as a member of the British Intelligence Service in the frontlines in Africa, Italy and Greece, participating in the battle of Anzio, and the liberation of Rome. After the Germans surrender, Rudi returns to devastated Berlin looking for his uncle, survivor of Terezin concentration camp.

Beyond Borders is the extraordinary memoir of a Jewish fighter, the story of a boy becoming man in wartime. Rudi Haymann (b. 1921), today a vibrant centenarian, shares his unique story as he ponders on war values, idealism, national identity, migration, first love, and family ties.




About the Author:

Rudi is a centenarian (102 years old) on a Mission: to tell the story, Keeper of Memory and Meaning. Vital, and agile in body and mind. He is currently a Speaker, in person or virtually, in schools, colleges, military, and cultural institutions, inspiring others with his story, his resilience, values, and his extraordinary quality longevity.

Born in 1921 in Berlin to a German-Jewish family, Rudi fled Nazi Germany to Palestine and later enlisted in the British Army, fighting in the front lines in Africa, Italy, and Greece. After the war, Rudi settled in Chile, where he founded an Interior Design studio, pioneering a Bauhaus inspired design. In his late 70’s, Rudi decided to share his story and published two books, first in Spanish and now in English.

He was recently interviewed for his testimony by the British Intelligence Museum, the Exile Museum Berlin, and the Neue Synagogue Berlin. Rudi is also a unique centenarian (102),a model for quality longevity.