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Luisa Owen will read her original poems in German on Friday, June 5, at the Epic Book Shop.

Luisa Owen will read her original poems in German on Friday, June 5, at the Epic Book Shop.

Villager to read poems about concentration camp

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Longtime villager Luisa Owen will read her original poetry in German from a book recently published by a Serbian publisher. The poems address Owen’s childhood years in Yugoslavia, during which she and her family spent four years in a concentration camp for ethnic Germans.

While the poems address difficult memories and realities, Owen isn’t aiming for retribution or anger. Rather, she sees the poems as a way to bear witness to the broad reality of human experience, including the pain that humans can inflict on each other.

“Rather than wallowing in sorrow, I want to learn from my experience, to understand it,” she said in a recent interview.

Owen will read at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at the Epic Book Shop.

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Villager to read poems about concentration camp

by Diane Chiddister