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Susan Hawkins - Generations

This pre-recorded Holocaust Center doc will air in two parts. Part 1 airs Tuesday, December 1, 3pm and Part 2 airs Thursday, December 3, 3pm.

Susan Robinson Hawkins and Peter Robinson are the children of two Holocaust survivors from Hungary and the Ukraine. Together, sister and brother tell the story of their parents’ loss and survival through concentration camps, hiding and emigration. Susan discusses her own journey of traveling back to Hungary and the Ukraine years later, and her experience retracing some of the places where her family lived. We are pleased to have Peter join us for his first Generations speaking engagement, as he shares alongside Susan about his parents and his life as a young immigrant.

About Peter Robinson: Peter Robinson was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1947 and came to the US in 1950. He is married and worked as a Salesforce platform administrator/developer.

About Susan Hawkins: Susan Robinson Hawkins was born in 1954 in Bethlehem, PA. She came to Pittsburgh in 1970 at the age of 16 to begin college at CMU as a violin major.

Graduating with a degree in Psychology and after 2 jobs in research at CMU and University of Pittsburgh, she returned to school to become a Physician Assistant. She worked for the department of surgery at St. Francis Hospital (now Children’s Hospital) and was the first faculty member of Physician Assistant programs at Duquesne University (3 years) and Chatham University (24 years), where she is a Faculty Emerita.

She currently works as a Wellness Counselor, having maintained a 100 lb weight loss for over 10 years.

She is married to Steve Hawkins, an architect in Squirrel Hill and the former Squirrel Hill columnist for Shady Avenue Magazine. She has 4 daughters: a cartoon artist, a piano technician and rock percussionist, a medical student, and a psychology student.

She enjoys cooking, hiking, helping others, playing games and doing home work-outs sponsored by the JCC in Pittsburgh.

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Holocaust Center Generations Speaker Series:

Susan Hawkins & Peter Robinson (Part II)

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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