Trochenbrod was a magical place. The only all Jewish town in Eastern Europe. A bustling town of more than 5,000 before the Nazis arrived. The town and all its inhabitants disappeared. Trochenbrod's story and the story of its few survivors were lost until Avrom Bendavid-Val went in search of his father's birthplace.
This fascinating book for Young Adults brings Trochenbrod back to life - through Avrom Bendavid-Val's research and his interviews with survivors.
The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod is now available in EBook,
The Lost Town, a book for Young Adults, came about because readers of Avrom's first book, The Heaven's Are Empty, wanted a book they could pass along to their children, so they, too, could learn and remember the story of Trochenbrod.
Praise for The Heavens Are Empty
"A gripping story of a Jewish community that vanished in 1943. Well documented with interviews from people who lived there before the destruction of the town and the few survivors."
"Heartbreaking yet beautiful."
"An amazing account of one town destroyed.".
Lost Town - the movie
Avrom's search for his father's birthplace became the subject of a highly praised film by Jeremy Goldsheider and Richard Goldgewicht. You can learn more about the film 'Lost Town' below and at Seventh Art Releasing.
'Lost Town' utilizes contemporary documentary footage, original animation, and survivor testimonials to tell the story of how far one will go to claim their sense of identity.
"Together with the wonderfully obsessive researcher Avrom Bendavid-Val, they have fashioned a remarkable documentary that serves both as memorial to a vanished way of life and as celebration of persistence." -Cleveland Jewish News
Bacon Press Books is pleased to announce the publication of Ann L. McLaughlin's Sunset at Rosalie. Due out next week.
“Sunset at Rosalie shimmers with the bittersweet magic of a young girl’s coming-of- age amidst the disintegration of her family’s traditional world. With exquisite delicacy, Ann McLaughlin interweaves the unfolding of Carlin’s imagination and the economic collapse of her father’s cotton plantation, and her words bring alive country life in Mississippi during the years before World War I. . . . A pleasure to read, Sunset at Rosalie draws readers into the sights, textures, voices, and customs of a rural South precariously balanced between past and future. This is a novel that will linger in readers’ minds like a cherished memory.” - Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, author of Within the Plantation Household and “Feminism Is Not the Story of My Life.”
“A clear-eyed, loving but never sentimental look at the Old South as it tries to adjust to a new order.” - Kirkus Reviews
SUNSET AT ROSALIE tells the story of a young girl, Carlin McNair, and her family on a failing cotton plantation in Mississippi during the early 1900s. The coming of the boll weevil and the sharp decline of cotton prices cause drastic changes in the life of the plantation and in the lives of the family members. Carlin adores her Uncle Will. But like the plantation, Will is doomed and his story is an important part of Carlin’s growing up. McLaughlin describes this part of Southern culture in vivid detail, which brings Carlin’s young life close and makes that almost extinct plantation life come alive once again.
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