What might not be as well known is that Layton’s mother, Lisa Phillip-Layton, also died at Jonestown, though not as part of the mass deaths that occurred Nov. 18, 1978. Phillip-Layton instead died of cancer some 10 days before.
In speaking to Layton, it seems plain that her mother’s involvement with People’s Temple still haunts her.
Lisa Phillip-Layton lost her grandparents to the concentration camp at Auschwitz during World War II, but managed to escape Nazi Germany herself, taking flight to America.
“She was safe,” Layton said of her mother. “She had escaped a concentration camp in Germany and I then proceeded to take into one [in Guyana]. She was safe in America, but she died at Jonestown.”
Deborah Layton, survivor of Jonestown, will give a lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, April 14, at the Greensburg Public Library, and will appear again at the 2014 GCHS Chautauqua at 10:20 a.m., April 15.
For more information, call the library at 812-663-2826 or call GCHS at 812-663-7176.
Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011; firstname.lastname@example.org