With increasing polarization in our society and a crisis over immigrants, a new historical biography brings us valuable lessons to help counter this divisiveness.
“Resilience: One Family’s Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil” (October 2019, Mountainside MD Press) is the fulfillment of a daughter’s promise to her mother. Based on hours of interviews with family members, historical research, and travels back to eastern Hungary where her parents and aunts and uncles grew up, Judy Stone, MD, presents a biography of two intertwined families, the Ehrenfelds and the Glattsteins, who survived the attempted annihilation of the Jews.
“Resilience” also shares the remarkable stories of how the surviving siblings found one another after the war and lived into their eighties and nineties. As Judy reflects, her family’s story of survival—all those sisters and brothers who endured unspeakable brutalities and rebounded to live long, productive, and relatively normal lives—is truly extraordinary. Resilience, was written to raise awareness of the alarming parallels between the current rise of nationalism and the rise of nationalism in 1930s Germany, and the book contains vital education for families who are combating intolerance, “othering,” and bullying in an increasingly divided society.
Stone will share stories from Resilience at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor, 125 Townsend Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
An infectious disease specialist and resident of Boothbay Harbor, Dr. Stone can address connections between social conditions, disease, and survival. With her stories of illegal acts of kindness, courage, and understanding, Dr. Stone’s book can teach our children that kindness is a true form of resistance and resilience in the face of hostility and hate.
For information on scheduling an interview with Dr. Stone, to request a review copy, or any other questions, please contact Mark@MountainsideMDPress.com.