In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, local author Karen Z. Brass will talk about her new book, “I Am a Standupster: A Second Generation Holocaust Survivor’s Account by the daughter of David Zauder,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8 at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive.
The talk will be followed by dessert and book signing. At 8 p.m. there will be a showing of the movie, “Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers.” Sendler smuggled about 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, saving them from death.
This free event, open to all interested community members, is being presented in partnership with Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project.
Brass’ book shares the story of her father’s survival of the Krakow Ghetto and four concentration camps including Auschwitz, and his liberation by General Patton’s 3rd Army Tank Division. Zauder emigrated to America, becoming one of this country’s leading cornet and trumpet players, and personnel manager of the Cleveland Orchestra.
The book is a rare exploration into the effects of being raised by a parent who suffered the inhumanity of genocide and its unimaginable costs. Brass comes out of the shadows and openly expresses what so few second generation survivors are willing to discuss. This introspective book also shares the author’s path to self-acceptance, happiness, and her powerful desire to make changes in our world by educating audiences to not stand by and allow for the suffering of others; to be a Standupster®.
About the Author
Karen Z. Brass is an internationally renowned public speaker. She has spoken at more than 300 public and private schools, synagogues, churches, educational venues and the military. She uses her father’s story and lessons from the Holocaust to form a powerful anti-bullying campaign and message. Brass has spoken at Peterson Air Force Base, NORAD, and Cheyenne Mountain personnel. In 2012 she was the keynote speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day for Fort Carson’s top officials at the invitation of Major General Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division. She has attended eight World Federation of Child Holocaust and Their Descendants Conferences and was an invited speaker at the 23rd Annual Conference held in Warsaw, Poland, in 2011.