The University of Illinois Alumni Magazine published in their News & Noteworthy: Ruth (Finkel) Wade, ’82 MEDIA, edited and contributed to The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust (City Point Press, 2022), an anthology written by 16 children of Holocaust survivors. Wade and her fellow contributors began compiling their parents’ stories and decided to include their own related personal experiences. The book has received a 2022
Foreward Indies Gold Award and a 2023 Silver Award for Heroic Journeys from Nautilus Books.
The Jewish Press of Tampa Bay published an article about our book on September 12. It features an interview with Ruth Finkel Wade about her experience coming to terms with her relationship with father and new found understanding of the impact that the holocaust had on him and herself. The article also shares examples of several other of our 2G authors' reflections: Julie Goldstein Ellis, Nancy Szabo, Fran Lewy Berg and Ruth Taubman. You can read the article here.
Esther Allweiss Ingber wrote a wonderful article about our book in the Detroit Jewish News, after interviewing two of our editors, reading our stories and attending one of our panel presentations. You can read it about it here.
When we decided to take a deep dive into our memories of growing up as children with Holocaust parents, and write our stories, we knew we had a powerful book and message to share with others. We never imagined though that so many in the book industry world would also appreciate our work. In the mail today, we received a program catalog of winners and finalists from the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest International awards program for indie authors and independent publishers which was established by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen Literary Agency (formerly the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency).They recognized our book as a Finalist for memoirs in the category dealing with overcoming adversity/tragedy and sent us a medal, certificate and gold stickers. This is our sixth award conferred to us by a reputable association from the publishing and literary arenas. We are beyond thrilled!
We feel so honored to once more receive more accolades. The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust was recognized on June 15th as a Finalist in the 17th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards judged in the category of anthology. The lists of winners and finalists are showcased at www.indieexcellence.com.
We are delighted to learn that we were selected as the gold winner for the 2022 best anthology by the 25th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards .This award competition recognizes the best books published in 2022 from small, independent, and university presses. Over 2,600 entries were submitted in 55 categories with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 10 finalists per genre. Those finalist choices were subsequently sent to individual librarians and booksellers who made the final decisions. We feel very honored to be cast among this prestigious group of winning authors.
We were excited to see our book highlighted (pp. 46-47) in the University of Michigan Alum Summer 2023 Magazine, and recommended as a "Summer Read". In her review of our book, Katherine Fiorillo writes, "'The Ones Who Remember' is a stark reminder that these atrocities aren’t so distant and tragedy doesn’t stop radiating just because the violent acts have physically ceased.....This legacy is one that is sometimes joyful, as families celebrate the ways their Jewish culture has survived, but one often marred by inherited grief that creeps into daily life. One of the most recurring examples is self-gaslighting as the second generation perpetually belittles some of their most challenging personal experiences by comparing them to the Holocaust. Even in its brightest, most hopeful moments,
'The Ones Who Remember' is not a light read. But it’s one that helps us better understand intergenerational trauma, the power of storytelling, the true meaning of resilience, and how to be a better ally, friend, and community member to those who carry a nearly unbearable weight."
It is wonderful to see a review of our book published by Readers' Favorite. This stellar independent review adds to the many five-star rating reviews that have been posted by readers on Amazon, the testimonials of advance praise and comments we have received from participants who've read our book, and recognition offered to us as finalists and winners of various book awards.
We are delighted that our book has been recognized as a Finalist in the 25th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Our book is in the top 12 selected for the best anthology published in 2022. "After more than 2,500 individual titles spread across 55 genres were submitted for consideration, the Finalists were determined by Foreword’s editorial team....This year’s Finalists represent the top offerings in each genre, from debut author publishers to established university and independent presses,” says Publisher Victoria Sutherland. “It’s really a wonderful tribute to the independent voices that don’t often get the recognition they deserve." All finalists can be found at: https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2022/ Winners will be notified on June 15th.
On page 7 of the Washtenaw Jewish News, Robert Erlewine, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), speaks about the importance of our upcoming book talk on March 27th. "Personal narratives have an ability, perhaps unmatched, to bear witness to horror." On that same page, there is an article about our April fundraiser event where we will celebrate the establishment of the Irene Butter Fund for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Fund. The featured speaker at the event is Ruth Messinger, former Executive Director of the American Jewish World Service. Her talk is entitled, The Fight for Human Rights: Past, Present and Future.