Can letting go of a piece of yourself make you whole again? When Zvika loses his teenage daughter in a tragic accident, it feels as though the only life he’s ever known is slipping through his fingers. Grieving and devastated, he takes off for India on a spiritual quest to heal his heart. Guided by the Teacher, a spiritual guru, Zvika digs deep to find himself again in the wake of tragedy, all the while trying to hold his fragile, grieving family together. But, untethered, he begins to lose sight of what’s truly important. The time soon comes for him to make a choice – but can he bring himself to let go of the very thing he vowed to always hold onto?
My Father’s Secret
Poland. There is a six-month gap in Adam Stern’s life. Six months during which he had to vanish from Warsaw, away from his wife and everything he knew, to protect them. To protect himself. To survive. Displaced and alone, Adam kept silent about what transpired over those six months, deep in the forests between Poland and Russia. But a chance meeting with another Holocaust survivor changes everything. Decades later, Adam finally reveals his full story to his son, Samson. A tale of a miraculous escape across Poland, of unspeakable acts of survival, and a secret group of survivors, bent on revenge, who leave a blood-red trail across Europe. Based on a true story, My Father’s Secret is the opening chapter of Samson Stern’s compilation of short, larger-than-life stories. Heartbreaking and inspiring, My Father’s Secret spans multiple continents, decades, and the lives of both survivors and their families, exploring the legacies they have left behind. With their harrowing and gut-punching writing, Samson Stern and Doron Rosenblatt prove that no matter the hardships they face – giants die standing tall.
FAKE PAPERS: The Survival Lessons
FAKE PAPERS is a gripping, real-life escape story about a Holocaust survivor, who passes on survival lessons to her grandson, a documentary filmmaker working in war zones like Afghanistan. When World War II began, seventeen-year-old Letty from a rigid Orthodox Jewish family in Belgium is trapped in a resort nestled in the French Pyrenees with her mother and two sisters. Her oldest sister disowns the family to save herself as her mother’s distress turns into violent panic attacks. Ahead of Letty lay razzias, the French police round-ups of Jews, Nazi aircraft, young love, and uncertainty about who to trust or where to go in a country hell-bent on capturing her. Now her family’s fate, whether triumph or catastrophe, hinges on Letty’s escape plan. Many decades later Letty is waiting to die. She is 90 years old and eaten by regret. She once told her story of survival to her grandson to help him through a tragedy when he was a child. Now in his thirties, he rushes to learn the details of her story before it disappears, because in it are answers to questions that have haunted his life.