I wanted to write you a note because I finished your father's memoir last night. I don't think there's anything that I can say that you haven't already heard before about the power in the writing or the intensity of the reading experience. I think we use words like incredible, and unbelievable, and stunning so frequently that they have lost their meaning a bit--until you read a book like your father's. I am truly in awe of your parents’ resilience, and I have such admiration for your father's commitment to telling the story. I cannot imagine what that writing experience must've been like for him. But I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to read his story.
- Meagan Levinson, Senior Editor and Head of Paperback Publishing, Princeton University Press
“I began Mark It With a Stone last night at 8:00 PM. At midnight, I was still reading. Your father’s story is compelling and remarkable. Your father created a mood and dimension that carried me from experience to experience, from Radom, to Blizyn, to Auschwitz, to Peenemunde and beyond.
“Stories are vicarious. For as much as we immerse ourselves in the tale, they belong to someone else. It is our task to ‘hear’ the story and, in the process, the author. Your father is no longer wit us to tell the tale. You are his conveyance. The thousands who will hear you and read his book then become the tellers. And so it goes.
Thank you for the work that you do both as teacher and teller.”
– Chuck Meyers, Senior Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves, Chicago
“I was the editor who had the privilege of working with your father on Mark It With a Stone. Even now, more than ten years later, it is still the project I am most proud of. Also, I was very happy to see the work you’re doing, spreading the word about the book. Your father’s story was unique and has a lot to say to a new generation.
“I’ve been thinking of the time I spent working with your father. One of the little joys was that I was always “Mr. King” and he was always “Mr. Horn.” But there was nothing cold or distant about it. It was simply a matter of old world charm, and I appreciated it as such.”
– Dave King, editor, www.davekingedits.com
Mark It With a Stone:
“I was the editor who had the privilege of working with your father on Mark It With a Stone.
“I had the pleasure of meeting you several months ago at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, along with my two sisters. We each bought the book; I just finished it today (Wednesday, October 14, 2009).
I almost have a numbness about me to understand what your father and so many others went through…. There are no words…
I was so pleasantly surprised at the end to read that Danka is your mother.
Thank you for speaking to so many students today. Your family is an inspiration to us all. God bless”
– Phyllis Fenwick
“Sandy, the introduction to your dad’s book is just wonderful. It is a message of love, history, and contemporary lessons communicated eloquently in less than two pages.”
-Gail Levinson, Arts Unbound, Orange, NJ
“What a remarkable man your father must have been. I was riveted by his story and could not put the book down!”
-Elissa Hirschberg, New York
“It has been an honor to read your father’s cherished memoirs.”
-Hanna Feffer, President, Fraternal Order of Bendin-Sosnowicer, New York City
“I read the book over the weekend and could not put it down until I finished it and immediately gave it to my husband. It is an incredible account that is extremely well written. It should be required reading for everyone! Your father was truly an amazingly strong individual. Thank you for bringing this important book into our lives.”
-Amy B. Wallace, Strategic Planning, The New York Times, New York, NY
If you remember, we met at the Holocaust Museum-inside the gift shop. I was the one with the three children. I very much enjoyed meeting and talking with you. I wish it could have been longer and we could have talked further.
I read your father’s book, Mark It With a Stone, and found it to be excellent. I only wish that so much suffering did not take place and still cannot believe that mass genocide could take place within the 20th century. I agree with your father and Elie Wiesel in the thinking that “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.” I also believe that clearly remembering the past is one of the keys to the future.
I know that you were lucky to have a father with wisdom, intelligence and obvious caring/love for his family. Each one of our children will read his book in time and will be better people and Jews for it.
Sincerely & With Thanks,
–Kevin Kemelhar, Cleveland, Ohio
I read your father’s book, Mark It With a Stone, and found it to be excellent.
We met recently at the USHM where you signed a copy of your father’s book, Mark It With a Stone , for me. I finished reading the book last week and have been meaning to write to you since.
Your father’s personal account of the Holocaust was deeply moving— many of the images are now seared in my memory. I applaud you for keeping this history alive!
Although I cried a great deal while reading his book, my tears of sorrow turned to tears of joy when I looked at my children and thought about your Father’s grandchildren….. and all of the other children who are here today through the countless miracles small and large that enabled the few to survive against all odds.
–Michael J. Kahana, Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Just wanted to tell you that whatever I was able to do to help you develop your site was a personal pleasure and an honor. I think your work has a very important place in our world, and I for one am very glad you took it upon yourself to enlighten and educate our young.
Please feel free to call upon me for whatever help I am able to offer.
–Sidney Cohen, Creative Technician, Apple Store, Tice’s Corner, Woodcliff Lake, NJ
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