Holocaust survivor uses his story to spread kindness to new generation
As the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches, Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter joins the 3rd hour of TODAY with his two daughters, Ann Arnold and Isabella Fiske, to discuss the importance of talking about and remembering the tragedy of the Holocaust.
Listen to a clip from our audiobook!
I never intended on being a writer. I realize how controversial that statement is, but it's true. The only footsteps I ever wanted to follow was my father, Mark Schonwetter’s, right into the jewelry business. Writing seemed far beyond my scope of experience, though I have always loved to read, and my secret desire was to do just this.
We have entered the time period where the true witnesses and victims of the Holocaust are dying, so we, as a society, are losing a vital source of truth. My family's experience during the war, the fortitude of my grandmother Sala and the strength of my father, is a treasured legacy. I was blessed to be given this legacy, and learn its lessons throughout my formative years.
Now I want to share it with the world.
To learn more about Ann's professional career click here
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
"An important work. Ann Arnold's effort to both tell their tale of her family's survival during the Holocaust while being a part of encouraging the next generation to embrace tolerance is inspiring."
EASTERN DIRECTOR OF THE SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER
"What an inspiring story about three survivors who can teach us much about faith, courage, and sheer human strength."
NIDO R. QUBEIN, PRESIDENT
HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
NORTHERN VALLEY PRESS
"Together' is a story that demands re-telling. It's an important addition to the voices of survivors who will live on through the telling of their tales."
"Together, a journey for survival, shows how bright the human spirit can shine even in the darkest times."
GRYFFN PHOENIX, BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF SEAT OF GOD
"A moving and inspirational tribute to survival. The story in “Together” becomes our story. It is told with such vivid and poignant detail that the reader becomes part of the family. And so every reader proudly shares in the responsibility to remember and retell these inspirational stories for the sake of generations to come."
RABBI DAVID S. WIDZER,
TEMPLE BETH EL OF NORTHERN VALLEY
"Arnold’s perspective is colored not only by those non-Jews who saved her father’s family but also by her experience visiting Brzostek as an adult.”
NEW JERSEY JEWISH NEWS
"The book presented two themes artfully constructed to enrich potential readers. It is, at first, a fascinating story that takes a reader inside an already wounded family toiling through horrific difficulty in the pursuit of life itself. There is no room for partial success. Their task is focused on an all or nothing outcome.
Secondly, Together: A Journey for Survival is a primer on character education. Readers cannot overlook the power of commitment, the lessons on dealing with fear, and the examples of good behavior exhibited by strangers or neighbors that risk their own safety to enable potential victims to escape degradation and death. These deep issues force readers to ask themselves if they could endure a struggle or whether they might support another person in a life or death battle. This second angle makes the book valuable for teachers to use and beneficial for students to read at the high school level.
As in many books centered upon careful research seeking honest answers, the epilogue validates the undertaking and provides readers with hope for a civilized future."
LAWRENCE M. GLASER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
NJ COMMISSION ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
News and Events
With the current COVID-19 situation, we have postponed many of our community and in school events over the next few weeks. We will keep re-evaluating the situation. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!
March 30, 2020- Postponed
Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA-11am
Speak to students, faculty and staff
April 6, 2020- Postponed
William Paterson University - NJ
Speak with Student/Teacher Candidates
April 19, 2020- Postponed
Hadassah @ Stonebridge, Monroe Twp., NJ-2pm
Speak to members and local community. For more information contact
April 27, 2020- Postponed
The Brick House - Oxford, OH-6pm
Hosted event for Miami University students, faculty and community
May 5-6, 2020
Teen Symposium on the Holocaust -Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern PA
Mark is constantly speaking to local schools and children of all ages. Here is a list of some of the upcoming school visits he will be at:
Spring Lake Heights, NJ
North Haledon, NJ
LMK Middle School - Harrison, NY
Golda Och Academy-West Orange,NJ
Pascack Valley High School - Hillsdale, NJ
Mark, Ann and Isabella Speak at many schools to students. These events are usually not open to the public.
To schedule a speaking engagement and book signing with Ann and Mark (Manek) please email:
Listen Ann and Mark's podcast when they were interviewed at The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atalanta. Click Here
To listen to the interview, download the EmmeNation App, and go to the "Author's Corner" Channel
On September 11, 2016 Ann Arnold was honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center with a Heroes for Tolerance Award. For more information or to donate to the Simon Wiesenthal Center please click here.
Click Here to hear Ann interviewed by Taxi Dave on 710AM Radio!! (interview starts at 48:43 into the show!)