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Meet Renate Frydman at Poland Library May 23; Author of ‘Anschel’s Story: Determined to Survive’

Join us for a special author event featuring Renate Frydman, whose book, “Anschel’s Story: Determined to Survive,” tells the story of her late-husband’s survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. The event will be at noon on Wed., May 23The author will sign and sell books at this event.

Poland Library, Noon Wed., May 23

Reservations are required; contact the Library’s Development Office at 330-740-6086.

About the book: “This book is a heart-stopping journey told in first person, which describes unusual courage and uncanny luck. It is the true story of a young teenager who lost everyone and everything during the Holocaust. He fought to live on in spite of ghettos, fatal line-ups, enslavement in work camps and years of survival as a partisan in Polish forests.

“From the cover: ‘His mother had to make a quick decision that no parent would ever want to make. Which of her children and the best chance to survive this calamity? Her son, Anschel, was the oldest and strongest. The two girls had to stay with her no matter what was coming.’”


About the author: “Renate Frydman, Ph.D, has been writing since the age of eight, and worked as a contributing writer for the Dayton Daily News, a Cox newspaper, for thirty years. She has been involved with Holocaust education and remembrance since the 1960’s till the present. Renate is curator of and docent for the Holocaust Exhibit, Prejudice & Memory at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton which has over a million visitors a year. Renate is producer and interviewer for the video series, Faces of the Holocaust, which was produced at Wright State University in 1985 and 1995. The series is used at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and throughout the world. She is a member of the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education since its inception in 1986. Renate founded the Holocaust Education Committee and Dayton Holocaust Resource Center and remains active with both. She emphasizes the harm that comes with racism and bullying in all her speeches to students. This book, ‘Anschel’s Story: Determined to Live’ is her tribute to the man she was married to for fifty-one years.”


Sponsored by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Literary Society and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.


Published by Braughler Books, LLC, 2017

Author Events Bring Great Books to Life!

Literary-Society-Logo-webdonationbooksThe Library’s Literary Society was launched in 2005, the Library’s 125th anniversary year. The Literary Society is comprised of generous individuals who care deeply about the Library and would like to bring to our community special programs, including noted authors, to celebrate reading and literacy.

The Literary Society’s first author event, in October 2005, featured Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Mary Doria Russell. Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as: award-winning crime novelist Laura Lippman; Cleveland’s famous mystery author Les Roberts; Scott London, internationally known journalist and photographer; and New York Times bestselling authors Adriana Trigiani, Lisa Scottoline, Tess Gerrittsen, and Carol Higgins Clark.

To find out more about how your gift can make a lasting difference in your community, contact Deborah Liptak, Development Director, at: (330) 740-6086 or click here to email:

 Each year, the Literary Society features noted authors such as:
C.J. Box
Best-selling Author
Jennifer Weiner
Best-selling Author
Jessica Fellowes
Author of Downton
Abbey Bestsellers
Carol Higgins Clark
Best-selling Author
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Tess Gerritsen
Best-selling Author
Adriana Trigiani
Best-selling Author
Lisa Scottoline
Best-selling Author