Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Interview with Author Marty Brounstein

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust by [Marty Brounstein]

1. What inspired you to write this book?
Getting a chance to meet the five children of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, the two unsung heroes of this inspirational story.  I  learned their parents had been recognized from Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, with the heroic honor of Righteous Among the Nations. I knew the special significance what that honor meant.  It’s the same honor received by Oskar Schindler; the Wijnakkers recognition occurred ten years before Schindler’s.  I also have a very meaningful personal connection to this story.  Someone near and dear to me, along with her parents, was saved by Frans and Mien during World War II and the Holocaust.

2. Who should read it — and why?
Readers of most ages, young adults to seniors, have found this story a fascinating read.  Amidst the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust, they have found this story to be a positive example of doing the right thing and making a positive difference — values relevant for our lives today.

3. How is it better or different from others in its genre?
If one considers the genre for this book to be the Holocaust — it has appeal far greater than that — it’s quite different from the vast majority of Holocaust books that have been published.  Those books often deal with the history and evil psychology of the tragedy plus books about the individual survivor stories or those who did not survive, such as The Diary of Anne Frank.  All valuable books.  Two Among the Righteous Few falls into the third category and is among the least known and least recognized books on the Holocaust — resistance and rescue.

4. What challenges did you overcome to write your book?
I was fortunate to not have any major challenges in writing this book.  From information, including a memoir from Frans Wijnakker, the Wijnakker siblings provided along with getting to meet the first person rescued by the Wijnakkers who is still alive today, I could put together this special story.

5. What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left after consuming your book?
Better yet, here is what readers and audiences who attend my storytelling presentations often report:  Thank you for this inspirational story.  Thank for this story with positive values for our lives today — courage, compassion, empathy, risk taking to name but a few people mention.  In fact, here is the testimonial from a person I met at a recent presentation who then read the book:  
Marty, The book is absolutely excellent.  I finished it last night.  It was captivating, heartwarming, and inspiring.  Thank you for writing it and for sharing this compelling story of courage and providence with the world. I feel like I know all of the individuals.  You are a very gifted author and I look forward to your next book.

6. What advice do you have for struggling writers?
Keep writing what you have interest in and passion for.  Recognize rejection is part of the process to gaining acceptance for your written work.  Persist.

7.  Where do you see the book publishing industry heading?
Self-publishing may be the fastest growing segment of the industry today, as that can often open doors to writers ignored by literary agents and publishers.  The main trend I see in book publishing is the emphasis that the writer is the lead person in marketing of her or his book.

For more information, please consult: https://www.martyabrounstein.com/


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