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Political Refugee and Author Speaker at PWC Luncheon

October 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 10, 2017 –  The Professional Women‘s Chamber of Western Massachusetts (PWC), a division of The Springfield Regional Chamber, will present a luncheon on November 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm Street, West Springfield. Jasmina Becar, will be the keynote speaker, sponsored by BusinessWest.

A political refugee from Bosnia, Becar is the author of Childhood Interrupted: From Bosnia to America. She was 11 years old when tragedy struck her life in war-torn Bosnia. Striving for a better future for her family, Becar translated from Bosnian to English for various journalists to earn money for her father upon his release from a concentration camp. Compelling and captivating, Childhood Interrupted is her diary from that time, now translated into English. It is a true story of strength, determination, and hope.

Becar, a philanthropist and businesswoman, will discuss her journey from war-torn Bosnia to Western Massachusetts. She has persevered over massive obstacles including prejudice, poverty and assimilation into a new culture. Becar has been featured on talk shows and CBS News and to talk about her story and her core values of education, humanity and positive attitude.  

She and her family came to the United States with one bag of clothes, donated by the International Red Cross. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in International Affairs and also earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Government from the university.


Tickets are $35 for PWC members, $40 for general admission, and may be purchased at For more information and for discounted student tickets, email Jessica Hill,

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