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Madeleine Albright. The former U.S. secretary of state discusses her book “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948” about growing up in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. At Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F. 12 p.m. $15 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 students. http://www.commonwealthclub.org.
“The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement.” Book talk by author Steven Pease. At Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP to (707) 251-9092.
“The Oy Way.” Harvey Gotliffe discusses his humorous guide to Yiddish. At Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 2 p.m. Free. Also March 9 at Temple Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.theoyway.com.
“Comrades and Chicken Ranchers.” Talk by Kenneth Kann on his book about the Petaluma Jewish community from the early 20th century to today. At B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. 7 p.m. $5 suggested. http://www.bnaiisrael.net.
Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.paloaltojcc.org.
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