Baker to discuss ‘Flight to Freedom’ odyssey at Bangor library, online

Posted Jan. 07, 2011, at 5:05 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2011, at 8:54 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Philomena Baker, who recently enthralled Mainers with the story of her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II, will be available to discuss and answer questions about her odyssey 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the third floor Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public Library.

Baker’s long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of Germany in 1944 and 1945, was recounted for the first time in a seven-part series written by freelance writer Kathryn Olmstead for the Bangor Daily News. The series, titled “Flight to Freedom: War through the eyes of a child,” appeared in the newspa-per Dec. 25 to Jan. 1 and continues to be available online at www.bangordailynews.com.

Olmstead will be on hand during the forum sponsored by the BDN to answer questions about how she came to meet Baker and collaborate with her on the series and on a book about the journey that the two are still working on. Also participating in the forum will be German native Anette Ruppel Rodrigues, an adjunct professor of German at the University of Maine, who has agreed to translate Baker’s story into German.

The BDN will live stream the forum at www.bangordailynews.com for those who can’t attend but would like to watch and submit questions.

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