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Forum on ‘Flight to Freedom’ postponed

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Philomena Baker at her Bangor home in December 2010.
Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — A forum to meet and ask questions of Philomena Baker about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II has been postponed because of an anticipated winter storm Wednesday.
The event has been rescheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the third floor Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public Library.
Baker’s 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 newspaper Dec. 25-Jan. 1 and continues to be available online at
Olmstead will be on hand during Thursday’s 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 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 for those who can’t attend but would like to watch and submit questions.

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