Bernards Mayor's Speaker Series Kicks Off With Resident Who Was Refugee

Bernards Township Library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos
Bernards Township Mayor Carolyn Gaziano (center) as a member of the Bernards Township Committee. Credits: By Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township Mayor Carolyn Gaziano is kicking off her "Speaker Series on Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Immigration" with a scheduled appearance by a township resident who with her family escaped from the former Yugoslavia when she was a child.

The mayor announced this week that Leona Kral is schedueld to appear at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, at the Bernards Township Library to share her compelling story of escape through the former Yugoslavia.

In her true story, "Will I see You Again," Kral will also talk about what it was like to spend time in a refugee camp in Austria, according to Gaziano's announcement.

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Kral was born in Czechoslovakia, and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 12 years old. She arrived with her parents and two brothers, carrying only three suitcases and $500.

Gaziano announced she would begin the series when she was appointed as township mayor for a year-long term at the beginning of 2017. 

"Each quarter will feature a speaker, a resident of Bernards Township, who will tell their family story of immigration to America, and how their culture is expressed and assimilated into part of our American culture," Gaziano said in her first speech of the year. 

The speakers' talks will be followed by discussion and refreshments.

The Bernards Township Library is at 32 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.

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