Ella E. Schneider Hilton survived a remarkable childhood that took her through the purges of Stalinist Russia, the refugee camps of Nazi and post-war...

Ella E. Schneider Hilton survived a remarkable childhood that took her through the purges of Stalinist Russia, the refugee camps of Nazi and post-war Germany, and life in the cotton fields of Jim Crow Mississippi.

On Tuesday, October 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Webber Memorial Baptist Church, she will be relating her astonishing journey from extreme hardship to the American dream.

Hilton’s book, “Displaced Person: A Girl’s Life in Russia, Germany, and America,” (LSU Press; 2006) has been described as a “poignantly and freshly rendered tale of determination. It is the story of a girl caught up first in the maelstrom of World War II and then in the complexities of American southern culture, adjusting to events beyond her control with resiliency as she searches for faith, knowledge and a place in the world.”

Ms. Hilton will be speaking at the “Humble Hearts” meeting at Webber Memorial Baptist Church, 7800 Salem Church Rd, North Chesterfield. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. Attendees are asked to bring their own sandwich or salad. Drinks, desserts and chips will be provided at no charge.

Webber Memorial Baptist Church is a community-based congregation that has been serving its neighbors for 95-plus years.