ABC Radio

241px-ABC-Radio-National.svgThis morning I was interviewed by Ellen Fanning for “Life Matters” ahead of the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, which begins at the weekend.

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Australian Jewish News

AJNI will be appearing at the Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival on August 28.

In anticipation of the event, the Australian Jewish News has written a very nice article about what’s in store.

Festival director Michael Misrachi says he is excited about this year’s festival, which follows the success of the 2015 event which attracted more than 650 people.

“We have a great program lined up for this year’s festival, which will build on the success of our sold-out events that we have held this year with Etgar Keret, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Eva Clarke,” explains Misrachi.

“We are continuing with our theme, ‘books are just the beginning’, because the festival covers so many interesting ideas and discussions that go beyond the written word.

“Books are the springboard for a variety of ideas and issues, and the authors taking part in the festival cover a whole range of genres such as fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.”

Dina Gold’s story is in the spirit of the Helen Mirren movie Woman In Gold – it’s a saga about redeeming property that was looted by the Nazis, and which resonates strongly.

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Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia

J ExponentA very nice review by Liz Spikol in the Jewish Exponent.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

Gold’s endearing mix of humility and tenacity dominates her quest for justice, which is carefully laid out in her book’s suspenseful and multilayered narrative. 

Gold’s investigative skills serve her well in unraveling some family mysteries, but Stolen Legacy doesn’t read like a dry newspaper account or objective report. Instead, it’s a deeply personal story, one shot through with love and devotion to her mother and grandmother.

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NewsWorks Tonight

WHYY Dave Heller, of NPR affiliate station WHYY-FM, interviewed me ahead of my appearance at the Yom HaShoah program at Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

Our conversation is here.

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The Quest to Remember

Noozhawk Journalist Jamie Stiehm has written an interesting column entitled Racing Against Time to Remember, Reclaim Pieces of the Holocaust. Her piece was also syndicated by in The National Memo.

She so correctly encapsulates the urgency of the situation:

A desperate race against time is now, here in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and across the Jewish community. A race to save firsthand experiences, shards of the Shoah, in voice and memory. 

The last generation of Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s, near the end. And what their eyes have seen when they were young is too important to lose to time. The Museum seeks to preserve their eyewitness remembrances and artifacts (such as uniforms, passports, letters) for its international archives.

And she goes on to quote me:  … a tape recorder can set the tone for a serious conversational focus on the past. Expect to hear things tumble out you’ve never heard before. It’s amazing what memories — and perhaps documents — you can find, Gold says. 

In the process of melting ice, you will hear “glorious snippets,” Gold declares. “Families should do that (interview.) They will regret it bitterly if they don’t. Then you’ve missed your chance.”

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Stolen Legacy is published by the American Bar Association and distributed by National Book Network.

Paperback: 328 pages   |   Language: English
ISBN: 978-1634254274
Includes book club discussion questions.