June 24, 2018
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A live chat with Philomena Baker and Kathryn Olmstead


Philomena Baker, who recently enthralled Mainers with the story of her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II, is answering questions from Bangor Daily News readers in a live session.

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.

Olmstead is on hand for the forum 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 is 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.

A live chat with Philomena Baker and Kathryn Olmstead

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