Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Anna Rabkin

Anna Rabkin’s early life in Poland was one of serial escapes – from Communists, Nazis, and her Catholic saviors. After WWII to escape Polish fascism she was sent to England. At the age of 18 she emigrated to New York where she was introduced to a cosmopolitan, globetrotting life. Anna and her husband migrated to Berkeley in the sixties and became active in local politics. She served as Berkeley’s elected City Auditor for 15 years; was a 1991 delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries; co-authored Public Libraries: Travel Treasures of the West, and in 2009 received Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s Fred and Pat Cody award. Recipient of master’s degrees in City Planning from University of California, Berkeley and in History from California State University, East Bay; she continues to visit libraries whenever she travels. Her memoir, From Krakow to Berkeley: Coming out of Hiding, was published by Vallentine Mitchell in 2018.