Two generations of Carleton alumni contribute to historic book

Were it not for the openness and diversity of Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication, the story of a man who helped save hundreds of orphans from a Czech concentration camp would never have been told, says Corey Goldman.

Goldman, a financial journalist with the Toronto Star is also a Carleton alumnus (M.J./97) and author of the new book A Jew in Deed, published by Penumbra Press.

For Goldman, it all began when he jumped at an idea for a master’s research project presented by Associate Professor of Journalism, Peter Johansen. The project was inspired by yet another Carleton alumnus, Imrich Yitzhak Rosenberg, (M.A./72) and his role in bringing 301 child orphans from a Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia to England, after World War II.

“Carleton journalism had the flexibility in allowing that kind of project to get the story told,” he says.

The first part of the story is written by Rosenberg himself, taken from his Carleton master’s thesis in Political Science. Rosenberg’s recollections were then joined with Goldman’s research, which focuses specifically on Rosenberg’s part in the rescue of the 301 children.

Goldman said he was both “honoured and humbled” at the recent book launch.

“The book is nothing I ever imagined when I first set out,” he said. “I’m happy there are people interested in reading about the story of Mr. Rosenberg.”

The book was the fifth in a Canada-Russia series presented by Penumbra Press, in conjunction with the Centre for Research on Canadian-Russian Relations, an organized research unit located on the Carleton campus.

The Centre’s Director and Professor Emeritus of History, Larry Black, emceed the launch.

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