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Book launch and signing at the Holocaust Center


Holly Mandelkern

Featuring narrative poetry about real people from the Holocaust, author Holly Mandelkern will launch her first book, "Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry," at The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center on Sunday, May 21. The program will begin with refreshments starting at 2 p.m. and includes a performance by the Lake Nona High School Chorus, readings, introduction of honorees, and a book signing.

Mandelkern is a poet, lecturer, librarian, and educator with a special interest in Holocaust studies. She traveled to Poland and Israel in 1991 to study Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, and, with other educators, took classes with some of the world's leading Holocaust scholars.

"Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles In Poetry" melds historical detail and keen insights with the grace of poetry. 

Tess Wise, survivor, scholar and founder of the Holocaust Center, endorsed the book, saying it is "a sensational read, bringing history to life in a poetic form, humane and edifying, touching the heart and mind."

A special limited edition of "Beneath White Stars" will be available. Parking is available at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center where the Holocaust Center is located.


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