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Author Q&A with @adena_astrowsky | Living Among the Dead Book Tour and $25 Amazon GC \ eBook #Giveaway | #Biography #Memoir

Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother's Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength (Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Bo...


Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother's Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength (Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Book 3) by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky is on virtual book tour.

The biography, memoir stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card (1 winner) or an ebook of Living Among the Dead (3 winners) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).



What inspired you to write this book? 
The book was written with my children in mind. I wanted to memorialize their family history so it would live on for many generations.


What can we expect from you in the future? 
I have two children’s stories written that I would like to get illustrations made for them. I also have a couple of other book ideas that, if I can find the time, will begin working on them in 20201.


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Living Among the Dead? 
The book is about my grandmother, Mania Lichtenstein, and her unimaginable journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the Second World War, and the aftermath. It is a dramatic story of survival of the Holocaust narrated by me and her memories are interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection. 


Who designed your book covers? 
The book cover was like a gift from heaven. After my grandmother passed away, my mother took all of her photo albums home. One day I was looking through the photo albums and saw the photo, now the cover of my book, which is a picture of my grandmother and my mother walking in Berlin, just a couple of years after being liberated. I love the old cars featured in the background. But most of all, the photo displays a mother and daughter walking happily and carefree – one would never know of the unimaginable nightmare my grandmother had just lived through. The minute I saw the photo I knew it had to be featured on the cover and my publisher agreed immediately.


Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book? 
I was very lucky that my grandmother was still alive when I was writing the book, so I was able to speak with her often and have her fill in any gaps. I learned a lot more about the war, her family, and what it took to survive.


How did you come up with name of this book? 
My publisher actually came up with a dozen potential titles and we narrowed it down to two. From there, I really thought about it and decided this was the most fitting as my grandmother, at the age of 17, was the sole survivor of her family.


If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? 
My grandmother. I miss her so much. We would sit and talk and bake her sugar cookies. 


Have you written any other books that are not published? 
Yes, two children’s stories.


What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book? 
My book involved a lot of research in order to be as factually accurate with the historical context in which different events took place. I worked with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, many online websites, and several people with extensive knowledge about the Holocaust. I also interviewed my grandmother and watched her interview with Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Project several times.


Pen or type writer or computer? 
Laptop.

Living Among the Dead:
My Grandmother's Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength
Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Book 3
by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky
Genre: Biography, Memoir 


This is the story of one remarkable young woman's unimaginable journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the Second World War, and the aftermath. Mania Lichtenstein’s dramatic story of survival is narrated by her granddaughter and her memories are interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection. Holocaust survivor Mania Lichtenstein used writing as a medium to deal with the traumatic effects of the war.

Many Jews did not die in concentration camps, but were murdered in their lifelong communities, slaughtered by mass killing units, and then buried in pits. As a young girl, Mania witnessed the horrors while doing everything within her power to subsist. She lived in Włodzimierz, north of Lvov (Ukraine), was interned for three years in the labor camp nearby, managed to escape and hid in the forests until the end of the war.



Although she was the sole survivor of her family, Mania went on to rebuild a new life in the United States, with a new language and new customs, always carrying with her the losses of her family and her memories.

Seventy-five years after liberation, we are still witnessing acts of cruelty born out of hatred and discrimination. Living among the Dead reminds us of the beautiful communities that existed before WWII, the lives lost and those that lived on, and the importance to never forget these stories so that history does not repeat itself.



*2020 Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction – Biography Genre!!




Adena Astrowsky has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable of our society. She did this by prosecuting child sexual abuse cases and domestic violence cases within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She became the local expert concerning the prosecution of domestic violence related strangulation cases and taught extensively on that subject. Currently, she handles post-conviction cases on appeal and foreign extradition cases. Adena taught Sunday School at her temple for eight years, and in her last two years she co-taught "Character Development Through the Studies of the Holocaust." Adena contributes articles to MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) Magazine, often writing about children's safety, drugs, law and order, etc. Once a month Adena volunteers at a local Scottsdale library with her therapy dog, Charlie, as part of the Tail Waggin' Tales Program. Adena has also chaired events to raise money for the Emily Center of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Adena’s greatest role, however, is as the mother of three very active children. She, and her husband, Brad, are kept very busy with their respective dance, theater, music, and athletic activities.





Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$25 Amazon giftcard – 1 winner, 
ebook of Living Among the Dead – 3 winners!





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