Our Second Generation

BlimaiconHello Again!


Here is a quick note to let you know about my next appearance, for the Hayat Speaker Series at Congregation Neve Shalom in Metuchen at the Friday night service,  7:30pm, April 19, 2013.  The title of my short presentation will be “Blima’s Daughter: A Second Generation Holocaust Story.”  Discussion will continue over refreshments.  I look forward to sharing my mother’s story and meeting everyone!

On another note, kudos to my friend, Michael G. Kesler, keynote speaker for Holocaust Remembrance hosted by the East Brunswick Public Library on April 11, 2013..  Michael is the author of Shards of War, a memoir of his experiences during the Holocaust, and frequently speaks at educational and commemorative functions.  Dr. Jack Berger also presented a fascinating explanation of how he traced family genealogy and translated Yizkor Bikher, the history of several lost towns in Europe.  The audience thoroughly enjoyed the Holocaust music of cellist Dr. Tamara Reps Freeman.  Finally,  it is always a joy to see Dr. Paul WInkler, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education.  Paul has consistently supported my work and remains one of the greatest advocates for preserving the memory of the Holocaust as we move through the 21st Century.

Check out my blog as I update you on these and other events.  And, oh yes, kisses to Zoey!




About shirleywachtel

Shirley Russak Wachtel is the author of The Story of Blima—A Holocaust Survivor (publ.2005), a novel which recounts the early years of her mother, Betty Weisstuch Russak. The novel s listed as a recommended novel by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Wachtel is the author of several children's books, including a series of interactive mysteries, Charlie Wonder, Chef-Detective (2005), which includes several recipes; Brad Sureshot, Coach-Detective (2007) which details basketball skills; and Howie Rocket, World-Traveler-Detective (2009) which has handy foreign language phrases. In The Mellow Light (2009) is her first book of poetry. She is a professor of English at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. In addition, Wachtel is the co-author of Spotlight on Reading (2011), a textbook for college-level students. A mother of three sons, she resides with her husband, Arthur, in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Initially written as a doctoral dissertation for her Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew University, My Mother's Shoes , says Wachtel, is not just the novel of her life, it is the novel of her heart.
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