Dorot Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Winter 2021
It is often said that every family has a story. Unfortunately, many family histories are lost forever because either the stories are too painful to share, the family has no interest in the past or like the fourth son at the Passover Seder, some children do not know how to ask.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington & Eastern European Group, Family History Center, November 2020
Lisa Cooper will tell the story of her grandmother in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was fortunate that her father was a historian and he recorded his mother telling all about her early life in Ukraine and that's what she is going to tell us about.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, October 2020
What was life like in the old country? Through the eyes of Lisa Cooper’s grandmother Pearl, we experience family life in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war. Pearl’s son recorded his mother’s memories, which give a lively sense of life and culture in the Pale of our ancestors.
Altadena Library, July 2020
"A Forgotten Land" is the story of one Jewish family's lives and experiences in the Russian Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution and Civil War. It weaves together personal tragedy and a fascinating but little-known history of the period, as Pearl - the author's grandmother - finds her comfortable family life shattered first by the early death of her mother and later by the Bolshevik Revolution and all that follows.
Jewish Museum of Maryland Webinar, July 2020
"One of the things about the JMM is our passion for storytelling. We strive to find, tell and protect the stories of Maryland's Jewish communities, and as such, when we learned about Lisa's book and the way in which it shares stories of life in the Jewish Pale, we couldn't resist." Roberta Greenstein, member of the board of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Click here to view the presentation jewishmuseummd.org/single/a-forgotten-land/
North Cornwall Book Festival, October 2019
Raynor Winn's best-seller The Salt Path recounts how, just days after she learned of her husband's terminal illness, they lost their home and livelihood. With nothing left, they impulsively decided to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. Living wild and free, at the mercy of the sea and sky, they discovered a new liberating existence. I was delighted to interview Raynor at the North Cornwall Book Festival on 12 October.
Click here to listen soundcloud.com/northcornwallbookfest/raynor-winn-at-north-cornwall-book-festival
BBC World Service Witness, November 2018
Pearl Unikow was a Jewish woman who grew up in a segregated Jewish community before WW1. Her stories recorded in the 1970s provide a rare account of traditional Jewish life. Her granddaughter Lisa Cooper wrote a book based on those recordings. Dina Newman has been listening to the tapes and spoke to Lisa Cooper.
Click here to listen: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswsp3
North Cornwall Book Festival, October 2018
'There was little visible life. These hills must be very thinly stocked, I thought. Then the sun broke through the clouds, and the meadow pipits began to rise, hurling themselves into the air, then parachuting down, singing their little hears out like low-rent skylarks.' Neil Ansell is a nature writer and award-winning journalist. It was an absolute pleasure to interview him for the North Cornwall Book Festival on 6 October.
Click here to listen: soundcloud.com/northcornwallbookfest/neil-ansell
Argus Offline, September 2018
Lisa Cooper, one half of the team that edits the weekly Argus Latin American Energy, had never met her Canadian relatives despite writing a book about her family history.
IAJGS, Warsaw, August 2018
Some of us are lucky enough to have photographs of our ancestors. But few of us are able to really understand how our families lived back in the old country, the routine of their daily lives, the historical events they lived through and the effects those events had on communities and individuals.
CKJS Radio Winnipeg, June 2018
This week on the Jewish Radio Hour, you will hear Gerry Posner's interview with Lisa Cooper. Lisa was in Winnipeg recently speaking about her book on her grandmother, Pearl Unikow Cooper, called A Forgotten Land: Growing up in the Jewish Pale.
Click here to listen:
Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto, May 2018
It was a thrill for me to visit Canada for the first time in May. I delivered talks in Winnipeg, where my family settled after emigrating from Russia and my father's home town, and Toronto. Thanks to Mitchell Shnier for this recording. Picture with Les Kelman (JGST).
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Winnipeg Free Press, May 2018
British author Lisa Cooper has written her grandmother's story in her book A Forgotten Land, but the book weaves a tale of adventure, survival and strength that will draw in any reader.
Monty Hall, October 2017
The gameshow host and philanthropist Monty Hall, who died in 2017, recalls a telephone conversation I had with him after A Forgotten Land was published. He was tremendously excited by the book and recounted this Passover story to me. The story relates to Babtsy, my grandmother’s great-aunt, and her arrival in Winnipeg from Russia.
Family Tree magazine, October 2017
Lisa Cooper provides a unique insight into the effects of the Russian Revolution, as she shares the story of her grandmother Pearl, who rode the railroads illegally to buy, sell and barter food during the famine that followed the Revolution.
Jewish Telegraph, October 2017
Jews never had an easy time of it in Russia. Forced into certain areas by the tsarist empire and beset by pogroms, the Russian Revolution, in 1917, seemed to give some hope to the country’s Jewish population.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington in association with the Eastern European Group, Family History Center and Bender JCC of Greater Washington
22 November 2020, 1.30pm
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
25 October 2020, 1.30pm
Congregation Kneseth Israel, Annapolis
21 October 2020, 6pm
Center for Jewish History, New York &
Jewish Genealogical Society of New York
18 October 2020, 2pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland
9 July 2020, 6pm
Altadena Public Library, Los Angeles
600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena CA 91001
31 March 2020, 7pm NEW DATE TBC
Bodmin Library, Cornwall, UK
Family History Day
18 May 2019
Kehillat Kernow, Cornwall, UK
11 May 2019, 2pm
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Warsaw
Hilton Hotel and Convention Centre
6 August 2018, 1.30pm
Lanny Remis Group, Winnipeg
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue
24 May 2018, 12pm
Millennium Library, Winnipeg
23 May 2018, 12.30pm
Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation
17 May 2018, 7.30pm
BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live, September 2017
I was thrilled to be invited to appear on BBC Radio to tell my grandmother's stories of growing up in the Russian Empire and to talk about Russia with the wonderful Marc Almond.
Click here to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b093hwq2