Our Survivors

BlimaiconHello!  Just a quick note to let you know that I will be speaking with a group of survivors at Oheb Shalom Congregation, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ.  I will be offering a reading of My Mother’s Shoes and presentation of family photos as part of the Jewish Federation Metrowest’s Cafe Europa series.  I am honored and excited to meet with survivors and honor the memory of my parents and millions lost during the Holocaust.  The event will take place at 11am on Tuesday, May 21.

I am also happy to tell you that my haiku currently appear in Issue #15 of Haiku Journal, available in print and online.  Check them out!

 

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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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