Ten Refugees, One Journey: Jurate Kazickas
Jurate Kazickas (Photo: Jim Gaffey)
Born in Lithuania in 1943, Jurate Kazickas was the daughter of resistance fighters who opposed the Soviet occupation in 1940 and then the invading Nazis. The family fled west when the Soviets returned, and lived in refugee camps in Germany until 1947, when her father won a fellowship to Yale.
After her own college graduation, Ms. Kazickas was a volunteer teacher in Kenya, then turned to journalism. She was wounded at Khe San in the Vietnam War and reported on the 1973 Middle East war. She was a White House correspondent during the Carter years.
A co-author of several books on women’s history, she is a former board member of the Women’s Refugee Commission, and co-founded “Teach the World Online-Haiti” following this year’s earthquake.
Meet the other distinguished refugees honored at the IRC's 2010 Freedom Award Dinner in New York: