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Larchmont Temple Book Group

Welcome to a new year of the Larchmont Temple Book Group. All congregants and the occasional guest are welcome – as long as you have read the book! We meet in the Library at 7:45 and refreshments are served. No RSVPs are necessary. Contact Nancy Goodman (nancygoodman@msn.com) or 914 833-9234 for more information. 

If you would like to select a book and lead a session, please let Nancy know and she will coordinate.  

January 28 at 7:45 PM

Larchmont Temple Book Group presents a special book and author discussion of

No Past Tense: Love and Survival in the Shadow of the Holocaust

by D.Z. Stone

Refreshments will be served; no RSVP’s necessary

**Some copies of the book will be available in the LT Library;

With anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on the rise, the testimony of survivors is more important than ever. No Past Tense: Love and Survival in the Shadow of the Holocaust is the dual biography of Katarina (Kati) Kellner and William (Willi) Salcer, two Czech Jews who as teenagers were swept up by the Holocaust in Hungary and survived Auschwitz and Mauthausen, respectively. At its core a love story, the book is being published on the Salcers’ wedding anniversary, October 16th.

Kati and Willi Salcer never told their children that they had been in concentrations camps. No Past Tense began when their son Ron, realizing something had happened to his parents during the war, finally convinced them to interview for the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1996.

The Salcers thought the Shoah tapes would satisfy their son. Even though watching the tapes devastated and angered Ron, his parents’ interviews only made him want to know more. He enlisted D.Z. Stone, a journalist, documentarian and writer specifically trained in cultural anthropology to chronicle their life stories.

Primarily based on more than 100 hours of interviews conducted in 1999, No Past Tense covers the Salcers’ entire lives, from childhoods in Czechoslovakia to liberation from the camps, a return to their hometowns after the war, and from pre-State Israel to New York City.

The book not only tells the personal story of survival and resilience—the Salcers’ story should be required reading for anyone seeking to overcome personal challenges—it also touches on many significant currents in World War II and postwar Jewish history, revealing significant tensions, political realities, contradictions, and challenges.

Wed, December 11 2019 13 Kislev 5780