Les Enfants de l’Yser of World War I

April 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Drawing Room at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240

This is the story of war, refugees, and humanitarian relief, told through the eyes of children and the people who helped them.

In this lecture, Belgian best-selling author Anne Provoost will share the harrowing story of World War I refugee children, their families, and the kind strangers who rescued them. Provoost’s research on this historical moment uncovered a link to her own grandmother, Anna Vandewalle. Anna arrived in Paris with the first convoy of rescued children in 1915 and stayed in France until 1919. Vandewalle came into the care of The Children of Flanders Rescue Committee, the charity initiative of Edith Wharton.

Anne Provoost is a Belgian author of five novels, which have all found critical acclaim in Europe. Her most notable is Falling (1994), which was adapted into a major motion picture and addresses political and racial conflicts as encountered by its young protagonist. In 2003, she was made a member of The Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature. Her book, Children of the Yser, is forthcoming.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.