Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. The Jewish Book Council has just announced its 2019 winners. I agree with some choices, like Michael Dobbs’s Unwanted and, of course, Lesléa Newman’s Gittel’s Journey. But another book that won I thought lacked any authenticity. Sigh. I assigned sections of Unwanted to my America and the Holocaust course that starts on Jan. 27.
  2. I’m cramming in as much genealogy and writing as I can before the semester starts. I came across some information late last night that gives me a glimmer of hope that my grandmother’s sister may have survived the Holocaust. It’s a long shot. I’ve reached out to her daughter through Facebook. I usually don’t get responses that way, but at least I’m trying.
  3. A few of us Jersey girls from Gratz College’s Holocaust & Genocide Studies programs will be heading over some Sunday soon, I hope, to see the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s “Auschwitz” exhibit. One of our classmates is a docent there.

Have a great week, everyone!

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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3 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. edreifus says:

    I have been meaning to read “The Unwanted.” Moving it up in the queue!

  2. How amazing it would be to find a relative at this juncture who had survived the holocaust. Please keep us posted. Thanks for the post. I will put The Unwanted on my TBR list.

  3. Hi, Rosi,
    Sadly, my hypothesis didn’t work out. The woman had a different surname although married to a man with the same name. Oh, well. It was worth a shot.

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