On December 11, 2022, Irene Butter - educator, author, Holocaust survivor, humanitarian, mentor and friend, turned 92 years old. To honor Irene’s amazing contributions to social justice and Holocaust education, our book authors and members of Generations After created a fund to support future educational programs that will promote Irene's motto "all humanity is our kin". The fund will be housed at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Ann Arbor. Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist, Patti Askwith Kenner, all donations between $92 and $1000 will be doubled until we reach the minimum endowment goal of $50,000. Please consider donating today in honor of Irene Butter. Your gift matters. DONATE here or send a check to the Jewish Community Foundation, c/o Robert Deschaine, 2939 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, 48108.
Rita Benn, a co-editor and contributing author, offers a snapshot of our book in a promotional interview for the Metro Detroit Jewish Book Fair. You can listen to the 10-minute interview here. She and Julie Ellis, also a co-editor and contributing author, discussed their book at the Metro Detroit JCC "Schmooze" open house in West Bloomfield on Sunday, November 13.
"Every survivor has stories of incredible luck regarding their escape from death,” says Rita Benn, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, to Cynthia Reynolds, a reporter who interviewed her for an article in the Ann Arbor Observer. "As amazed as I have been by the horrors my parents endured, I have been equally astounded by the miracles that enabled their survival—the extraordinary acts of courage, devotion, and resilience.” In the book The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust, Rita Benn and her 15 co-authors describe the impact of growing up with both the known and unknown stories of their parents' Holocaust experience. One of Rita's recollections of unexpected grace particularly moved this reporter. Read the article Family Secrets published in the October issue to find out! Hope this encourages you to buy our book or invite us to your book club or organization to share our stories.
In a review of our book printed in the quarterly newsletter of The Michigan Psychologist, a publication of the Michigan Psychological Association, Dr. Steven Ceresnie summarizes: "This book is a treasure of information about the wide effects of trauma. The Second Generation’s unique remembrances about their Holocaust survivor parents are filled with honesty, joy, sadness, vulnerability, conflict, anger, humility, hope, and resilience – the qualities that make us human. This book has much to teach us about the universal themes of how trauma lives in family members and how we may triumph over trauma in unique and creative ways." You may read his full review here. In addition to advance praise for our book, you can find new reviews on our book page at Amazon and Good Reads.
In this 30-minute engaging interview, Joy Wolfe Ensor, a retired psychologist and Simone Yehuda, a playwright, share their motivations for developing and contributing to the collection of stories described in The Ones Who Remember. Listeners will be able to get a quick overview of the book that will pique their interest to further explore these authors' amazing journeys and the many more that are offered in this unique anthology. Here is the link to this wonderful episode of the Curious Professor facilitated by Dr. Karen Bryson.
Our book is featured in the May Jewish Book Carnival , a monthly event blog where bloggers who know about Jewish books can meet, read and comment on each other's posts.
We editors were thrilled to be featured in Deborah Kalb's Book Blog. In this interview, we discuss how our book and title evolved as well as take-away hopes for our future readers.
Check out the front page of the Washtenaw Jewish News to read about the upcoming April 12th publication of our book.