Monday, March 30, 2009

Rosie's House

Saturday night we attended a soiree where students from Rosie’s House performed. Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children offers a full range of instrumental and voice lessons for children ages 5 to 18. Their mission is to provide under-served youth of greater Phoenix with the gift of music which enhances their daily lives by providing direction, stability, and tools for future success.

Marcia Fine, our hostess, who donates to Rosie’s House in her late father’s name. Her dad, George Blumenthal, was a lifelong musician. Marcia is the author of a Holocaust book called Paper Children, as well as a few other books. Driven by cataclysmic world events, the Paper Children story encompasses the lives of three generations of women.

The event was at Pangea Gallery and Scent Floral in old Scottsdale. The students were excellent, particularly a young girl who sang the song “Heroes” and brought me and other attendees to tears. We filmed the event and will post it soon.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Henry Appears on Twin Cities Live March 2

From, where you can see the video.

An Unbroken Chain

The latest TCL Library pick is the story of one mans harrowing journey through five concentration camps during the Holocaust. His book, “An Unbroken Chain,” is about 18 events or links that created the chain that led to his survival. Now, that book is on the way to becoming a feature film. Author, Henry Oertelt joined TCL to tell us more about his story.

Henry grew up in Berlin with his older brother and widowed mother and he was 12 years old when Hitler came to power. Henry worked as a furniture maker before he was sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia in June of 1943 and then Auschwitz in October 1944. As liberators came near, Henry was forced to march to three other camps, until he was finally liberated on April 20, 1945. His brother survived the war, sadly, his mother, did not. Henry immigrated with his wife and newborn daughter to St. Paul a few years after the war and has lived here ever since.

Becoming a Public Speaker and Author…
It took 20 years after coming to the United States before Henry really started thinking about his experience. Now, he lectures to groups around the state and does podcasts for St. Cloud State’s radio station. Henry also works with St. Cloud State to digitize Holocaust artifacts. “An Unbroken Chain,” details the 18 events or chains that Henry says led to his survival; if one of these things hadn’t happened he wouldn’t have survived. Henry’s book is in bookstores now.

Related Links:
Dr. Henry Oertelt Podcast
An Unbroken Chain – The Movie (Facebook Page)
An Unbroken Chain – The Movie Blog