October 29, 2015

Contact: Lyndee Sing

Cal Poly Press Publishes Sixth Book by Local Authors

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly faculty emeritus who recently published a memoir about her escape from the Soviet Union in the late 1940s will give a presentation and sign books from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo.

Bianca Rosenthal is a former professor and chair of Cal Poly’s Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Her memoir, “From Czernowitz to the German Order of Merit,” is the sixth book published by GrCIPress, an arm of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Institute.

Rosenthal’s memoir of cultural history and autobiography focuses on everyday life in Czernowitz, Austria, in the 1930s. She gives an eyewitness account of her childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood. Each chapter covers one year, and Rosenthal captures decisive events of the 20th century along with vignettes of daily life. After an adventurous escape from the Soviet Union, the author remained in West Germany until 1951 before emigrating to the U.S.

Czernowitz was an Austrian city until it became Cernauti, Romania, which was taken over by the Soviet Union as Tchernovtsy. It was reoccupied by Romanian and Nazi troops during the Holocaust and finally reoccupied by the Soviets to become Tchernivtsi, Ukraine. The book includes insights from a return visit to Czernowitz-Tchernivtsi in 1990.

The public is invited to meet the author, buy a copy of her book, and hear a firsthand account of her eyewitness story. Congregation Beth David is at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road.

For more information about this free event, call 805-544-0760. The book is also available at

About the GrCI Press
GrCIPress, the publishing arm of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Institute, collaborates with Central Coast authors to publish books on Central Coast topics. Previous GrCIPress-published books by local authors and/or about local topics include: “75 SLO City Sites: An Informative Self-Guided Architectural Tour in Historic San Luis Obispo” by Patti Taylor and Suzette Lees; “Anything but Dull: The Personal Letters of R. E. Jack — His Legacy from Maine to California 1985-1869” by Marilyn Darnell; “Folk Photography: Poem’s I’ve Never Written” by Joe Schwartz; “Lessons from the Range: Adventures of a Working Cowboy” by Gary Williams; and “She Cried for Mother Russia: A Princess in San Luis Obispo” by Friedl Bell.

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About the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly
The Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly (GrCI) is an outreach effort of the university’s Graphic Communication Department, created to provide industry professionals with access to Cal Poly’s cutting-edge resources via workshops, conferences and seminars, custom training programs, consulting, laboratory testing, research initiatives, literature searches, and publishing services. The institute’s educational programs involve the participation of Cal Poly faculty, leading industry experts, and advanced students from the graphic communication program.

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