"Mestiza consciousness of La Frontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes."
and those of my esteemed colleagues
Seeing Dr. Oster in person was such an incredible and humbling experience. When he was telling his tale it was like reading the book we knew everything he was telling us, but hearing it first hand from him made me realize and understand the importance of so many of the scenes especially [Kristallnacht] the "Night of the [Broken Glass]." It was so moving and powerful what he said and it was ironic that he became an optometrist to help people see clearly. I really appreciated when he said “if you have the guts to listen I’ve got the guts to talk.” When he was talking about how they never imagined things could get worse and after each setback and terrible obstacle there was another and another to the point when he was finally liberated he thought something was still going to go wrong and they would die. To live in that situation and hope and rumors to get you by seems so excruciatingly painful that Oster’s current outlook on life is inspiring in that he has this humorous and gracious attitude.---Nicole Lutes
As an Armenian-American, it’s especially difficult to live in a country that refuses to acknowledge the genocide of 1.5 million of your people. America deliberately refusing to accept our history, is essentially asking us to also deny it as a fact, and to forget what happened 100 years ago. What happened to the Armenian people 100 years ago was the first genocide of the 20th century. What Hitler did to the Jews during WWII was evidence of history repeating itself, of what the Ottoman Empire did to the Armenians in 1915. ---Aleen Arslanian