Speaking

Silvia Foti is currently available for speaking engagements (keynotes, seminars, workshops, panels). Please send us an email at lotusink@att.net.

Summer 2021
World Zionist Organization
Israel

Summer 2021
National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore

October 14, 2020
Holocaust Living History Workshop, UC San Diego

All in the Family: Jonas Noreika and the Quest for Truth about the Holocaust in Lithuania – with Silvia Foti and Grant Gochin – ZOOM

What do you do when you discover that your grandfather whom you were taught to view as a national hero was a Nazi collaborator and mass murderer? This was the question confronting Silvia Foti, an American-Lithuanian from Chicago. After research into Jonas Noreika unearthed the shocking truth about her family history, Foti began a campaign to set the historical record straight.

At her side: Grant Gochin, a Lithuanian Jewish American whose family was at the receiving end of Noreika’s murderous actions. At this live event the descendants of perpetrator and victim discuss their efforts to challenge the official World War II narrative in Lithuania and to secure historical justice. Foti is a journalist, activist, and teacher of high-school English. Gochin, a Californian diplomat and wealth manager, has long been actively involved in Jewish affairs, especially pertaining to Lithuania. The event will be in the form of an interview conducted by UC Diego professor of literature Amelia Glaser.

September 8, 2020
Israeli-American Civic Action Network
Video broadcast of Efraim Zuroff, Rūta Vanagaitė, Grant Gochin, and Silvia Foti with special guest Dr. Steven Windmueller

Links to the recorded session from September 8, 2020 are available:
Facebook   and YouTube

August 31, 2020
South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
Australia — ZOOM

July 29, 2020
Marais Road Shul, South Africa
A TISH’A B’AV event

July 29 South Africa synagogue

July 29, 2020
Israel-American Civic Action Network and
Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood’s Reform Synagogue
Destruction of Life/Destruction of Truth
A Special Tisha B’Av Program
9 PM Central

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June 23, 2020
Israeli-American Civic Action Network
IsraelUSA.org
Townhall video conference
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December 30, 2019, 10 a.m.
American Jewish Committee
Presentation

December 9, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST
Video conference with Grant Gochin and Rabbi Zev Friedman
RAMBAM High School, New York, NY

November 27, 2019, 8 p.m.
Guest Lecturer
Chabad Flamingo, Toronto, Canada

November 21, 2019, 11 a.m.
Woman of Valor/Simon Wiesenthal Center
Standard Club, Chicago

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Synagogue University, Irvine, California
August 2, 2019, 7 pm
Unlikely Allies: Grant Gochin and Silvia Foti
Silvia and Grant backgrounder

Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance
Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 10-11 a.m.

It’s a Stormy Subject . . .

 

Silvia Foti is available to speak about the following topics:

  • Holocaust Distortion in Lithuania and other formerly Soviet-occupied countries
  • Ancestry and Secrets–What if You Discover Something Terrible?
  • The Greatest Holocaust Trial of the 21st Century
  • Writing Memoir / Creative Nonfiction
  • Holocaust Memory: Now it’s the Grandchildren
  • Living a Catholic Life / Deepening Your Faith
  • Coping with Heroin Addiction in a Loved One