Join us, in partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity, for the next History Happy Hour on December 5th, location to be determined. Speaker and Author Peter Curtis will read an excerpt from his book “The Dragontail Buttonhole”, accompanied by a slide show of Prague during Nazi occupation, and discuss his journey to, and life in, Washington State.
$5 for members, $10 for non-members
RSVP required for admittance - Location provided with RSVP confirmation
About the speaker:
Peter Curtis was born in Kosiče in Eastern Slovakia. Later, as a child in England he was enthralled by books like Treasure Island, King Solomon’s Mines and The 39 Steps. Peter dreamed of writing tales of adventure.
As a young man, Peter trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, specializing in joint and back problems. But when he found that people’s lives were more interesting than inflammation he turned to family doctoring in the English countryside and began writing about dramatic or amusing incidents in my practice. Some of his short stories were published. The years passed and he moved with my family to the University of North Carolina.
As his family elders and parents passed on, Peter inherited their photographs and documents and began to piece together the family’s Slovak history. They had been the enthusiastic citizens of a dynamic democratic country, Czechoslovakia, until it was swallowed by Germany during the great and tragic dislocation of WWII. What they went through moved Peter to write an adventure story close to his heart.