I hope you are having an excellent day. I wanted to first thank you so much for your moving story you told at the Echoes and Reflections seminar. It was by far the most interesting and touching seminar I have ever been to. Having the chance to meet you was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life!
After the seminar I sang your praises to my department and my principal at Trumbull High School and they all would really love to meet you and give our students an opportunity to hear your courageous story. I was wondering what your availability was in April to possibly come and speak at Trumbull High School.
Let me know at your earliest convenience. I really look forward to hearing from you!!
My dear Anita,
Words cannot describe the power of your impact on each of us who listened to your story yesterday.
I am certain that the seeds you planted will take root and sprout. In fact, the e-mail below that I received last night is proof.
Quinnipiac University is interested in offering the program again in April. Let me know if there are any dates that don’t work for you. Also, I’d like to schedule a program for Hamden Middle School. Let me know if there are dates that work for you. I will get someone to drive you.
You re the best.
I would just like to thank you and the other presenters for a memorable and incredible conference. I spent my family dinner “being a witness” with my two teenage children who were enraptured by the binder. We literally spent an hour going through some of the lessons together. In my 23 years of teaching, this was hands down the most influential workshop I have ever attended. Thank you and I hope to work with you in the future in some way.
Please pass my deepest appreciation onto everyone -especially Anita.
Penny Zhitomi, Shelton Intermediate School
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Many are familiar with history’s recordings of Hitler’s abuse toward the Jews in concentration camps. Despite historical annotation, you are about to read a book based on the life of Anita Ron Schorr that shares a first hand account of her life where her innocence was stolen as a child as her family braved the “Pyramid of Hate” led by Hitler’s regime. I was reminded quickly how life and family dynamics can change from stable and loving to chaotic and uncertain. Author Marion A. Stahl did a wonderful job engaging the reader on Anita’s evacuation and several moves with other Jews that would ultimately lead to family separation and a concentration camp.
As you trace this young life’s calamities beginning at age 9, you may discover in part as I did, that the human optimistic will to survive may be the most important ingredient in trauma. With family suicide being a choice for some, it was March 23, 1943 where the day of transport began and where home no longer existed. In detailed fashion will events capture and enrage you on how such injustices were allowed and carried out by those indifferent to human suffering.
Taken more than 70 years for Anita to share her feelings, she recalls “I kept those memories locked up, feeling ashamed of them for much too long”. Discover the sad statistics of the number of prisoner fatalities. Though a melancholy plot there is a hope that has sprung from the ashes of life as today she lives to speak to audiences, empowering them.
This book is history at its finest as you will gain the inside picture into both event and emotions. Sometimes in life losses can ultimately be gains in other avenues. I recommend this book with a 5-star rating as the contents will captivate you page after page.
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