Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Love Story in Hitler’s Paris

October 11, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Authors Heather Dune Macadam and Simon Worrall will discuss their research and details of this true Romeo and Juliet story set in WWII Paris. Drawn from never-before-published family letters and other treasures, as well as archival sources and exclusive interviews, Star-Crossed offers precious insight into the Holocaust and the lives French people bravely led under the Hitler regime. This breathtaking true story of beauty, art, liberation, and the transformative power of love resonates with an intimate story of undying devotion, seen through the prism of history.


Wednesday, October 11th

Harrison Room

6 pm


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Heather Dune Macadam is the author of the international bestseller and Pen Award Finalist 999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Transport to Auschwitz, translated into 18 languages, and the producer/director of its companion documentary film, 999. Her first book was the bestselling memoir Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sister in Auschwitz. She is a board member of Cities of Peace: Auschwitz and the director and president of the Rena’s Promise Foundation. Her work in the battle against Holocaust denial have been recognized by Yad Vashem in the UK and Israel, the USC Shoah Foundation, the National Museum of Jewish History in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Panstowe Museum of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland.


Simon Worrall is the author of two acclaimed books, the novelized true story of his mother in World War II, The Very White of Love (HarperCollins), and The Poet and the Murderer (Dutton &Plume/Penguin Putnam). William Styron called it “A gripping tale, done with great style and elegance…it held me in its spell from beginning to end.” He has been published in The Independent, The Guardian, The London Times, Marie Claire, GQ, and numerous other publications worldwide. His feature, “Emily Dickinson Goes To Las Vegas,” was the first piece of nonfiction ever published by George Plimpton in The Paris Review.

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