WORCESTER, MA—As Holocaust survivors settled in the United States following World War II, American media reported that Jewish refugees found lives filled with opportunity and happiness in America. For most, however, it was a much more complicated story. The gap between public perception and the reality for survivors is the subject of Beth Cohen’s new book, “Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America.” Cohen, a doctoral graduate of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University and lecturer at the University of California, Northridge, will present the Asher Family Lecture, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main St.

In “Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America,” Cohen provides a view through the eyes of those who lived it, challenging the conventional narrative of postwar easy acculturation and illuminating the complexity of the newcomers’ lives as “New Americans.”

Cohen received her Ph.D. in Holocaust history from Clark in 2003, in the first graduating class from this landmark program. After graduation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awarded her a “Life Reborn” Fellowship.

This free, public event is supported by the Asher Family Foundation and Clark’s Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies . A reception will follow, and copies of “Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in Postwar America” will be available for purchase. For more information, call 508-793-8897.

Clark University is a private, co-educational liberal-arts research university with 2,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Since its founding in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the United States, Clark has challenged convention with innovative programs such as the International Studies Stream and the accelerated BA/MA programs with the fifth year tuition-free for eligible students. The University is featured in Loren Pope’s book, “Colleges That Change Lives.”