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Author to Discuss Book on Fate of Jews in Post-World War II Polish Town

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 7, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Mr. Alan Chernoff will discuss the book he co-authored with his mother, Rena Margulies Chernoff, The Tailors of Tomaszow, on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will sponsor this event.

A communal memoir and history of Holocaust survivors from Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland, the book provides a glimpse into the extinguished world of Eastern European Jewry, before, during, and after World War II. It is both the memoir of a child and of a lost Jewish community, an unvarnished story in which disputes, controversy, and scandal all play a role in capturing the true flavor of life in this lost community.

Accounting for approximately one-third of Tomaszow-Mazowiecki’s population, many of the approximately 14,000 town’s Jews made their livings as tailors and seamstresses. Only 250 of them survived the Holocaust, in part because of their skill with a needle and thread.

Allan Chernoff, former CNN and CNBC senior correspondent, is an award-winning writer, speaker and CEO of Chernoff Communications, a strategic corporate and financial communications firm. He is the recipient of six best reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York chapter, two National Headliner Awards, two New York Festival Awards, and was a reporter on teams winning a DuPont Award and three Peabody Awards.

His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, and Money.


About Ramapo College

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