Philomena Baker and Kathryn Olmstead will host a launch party for their book Flight to Freedom in the Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. June 18.
Previewed in 2010 as a seven-part series in the Bangor Daily News, Flight to Freedom documents Baker’s experience as a German refugee during World War II. Evacuated from Odessa on a hospital train for wounded German soldiers, Baker and her mother walked most of the way to American-occupied Germany, arriving with surrendering German soldiers in 1945.
The story that begins in Russia ends in Maine where Baker settles initially in Fort Kent and eventually in Hampden where she becomes well-known throughout New England for fine portrait photography.
Flight to Freedom is available in Maine bookstores, from www.maineauthorspublishing.com and at the book launch.