Thursday, May 31, 2012

We Love a Good Book, But We Love These Authors Even More


As the publishing world waits with baited breath for the opening of Book Expo America this weekend, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is doing its part by bringing together authors from the Museum family to talk books with visitors. Six survivors and one survivor/US Army vet who have written books – or whose story is told in a book – will sit at tables in the lobby and talk about their books and their experiences during the war.

Many of these people are part of our Speakers Bureau, and they go out in the world talking to students, community groups, and synagogue and church groups throughout the year. It is a rare moment when we get to hear from them ourselves. Their books will be on sale in the lobby, and each author is happy to sign books. Take time on Sunday to meet Denise Bensaid, Bronia Brandman, Greta Elbogen, Elly Gross, Ruth Gruener, Max Lerner, and Chana Sharfstein.
In addition to our own authors’ books, we will also be selling books published by the Museum: stock up on copies of To Life: 36 Stories of Memory and Hope, Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival by June Feiss Hersh, and Marion Kaplan’s Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua, 1940-1945. Inside the shop you’ll find additional books by Museum staff, like Bonnie Gurewitsch’s Mothers, Sisters, Resisters, catalogs from previous exhibitions, and memoirs from survivors who could not join us on Sunday, like Fanya Gottesfeld Heller’s Love in a World of Sorrow, Hannah Rigler’s 10 British Prisoners of War Saved My Life, and Norbert Friedman’s Sunrays at Midnight.

This free event takes place from 1-3 p.m. Please join us.

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