The Harford County Public Library brings part of its Journey Stories exhibition to the McFaul Activities Center May 15 where Aberdeen’s Henri Diamant is to discuss his book Escape to Africa as part of the library’s “Meet the Authors” series. Here are the details:
Aberdeen’s Henri Diamant Recalls African Past
As part of Smithsonian Exhibition “Journey Stories”
Bel Air – On Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. at the McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air, Henri Diamant will tell his journey story as recalled in the book Escape to Africa.
In Escape to Africa, Diamant details his childhood experience, describing his journey from Czechoslovakia, just before the Nazis invaded the country in 1939, to the Belgian Congo.
Diamant and his family first moved from Czechoslovakia to Lumumbashi, an eastern area of the Belgian Congo, when he was 8 years old. His father worked for Bata Shoe Company in Europe and asked to be transferred. Diamant and his family left just in time – he later discovered that ninety percent of his immediate family members who remained in Czechoslovakia died in Nazi concentration camps.
Diamant loved living in the Congo. “I was mesmerized by the idea of living in Africa, having pets and things like that,” Diamant said. “I can’t imagine what my parents must have gone through. Here they’re going to the deepest heart of Africa, what used to be called the Dark Continent, with two young children.”
Diamant, now 81 years old, has a lifetime of history and adventure to share. Learn more about Henri Diamanti’s journey story from Czechoslovakia to the Congo and finally to Harford County at the “Meet the Authors” series at McFaul Activity Center on May 15 at 6 p.m., part of the Journey Stories Smithsonian Exhibition coming to various locations throughout Harford County, May 11 – June 6.
Call 410-638-4040 to register.
Journey Stories is part of The Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Maryland Humanities Council. The exhibition and accompanying programs are offered to the public through a partnership between the Harford County Department of Community Services and Harford County Public Library.