Our deep gratitude and admiration go first of all to the Holocaust survivors and U.S. Armed Forces liberators who subjected themselves to the work and agonies of writing these stories. Their tireless efforts in writing and re-writing their own stories, as well as in helping each other, have made this book invaluable.
The Holocaust Center of the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh provided the funding for this project. The unstinting support of the Holocaust Commission's Director, Linda F. Hurwitz, was critical; we are thankful that her broad knowledge and contacts were always available to us. Our thanks go as well to her staff which provided secretarial and technical help. In addition, we are grateful to Beth Shalom Synagogue and the Jewish Education Institute for providing space for the writing workshops.
We deeply appreciate Professor Lois Rubin's role in inspiring the survivors' writing at the start of the project and her insightful comments on the book's progression. Our thanks go to Isabel Alcoff and Andy Weiss, who helped individual writers to surface and put into words extremely painful memories. Additional supporters for the writers included Eunice Baradon, Chana Brody, Ruth Drescher, Steve Hecht, Edgar Landerman, Ethel Landerman, Toby Levine, Toby Neufeld, Fern Steckel, Mark Stern, Terri Supowitz, Sheila Werner, and Steve Zupcic.
We owe a special debt to friends and colleagues who reviewed early versions of the manuscript. Professor Joel Shatzky made important critical suggestions and educated us about the field of Holocaust publication. Professor David Fowler, by envisioning a more complex view of what we had in the storied, was instrumental in the final form of the book. We are deeply grateful to Professor Russell Brigano, who provided encouragement and advice as well as comments on the stories. Arnold Blum, Laurie Cohen, Professor Lois Fowler, and Beverly Weiss Mann also contributed their expertise to the project. Professor Yaffa Eliach consulted with us and helped us to understand the task we had undertaken.
Bernice Levine typed and re-typed the stories; there is no way to count the hours she volunteered for this project. Joan Rubinstein also typed a great many stories. Joan Dickerson formatted the manuscript bringing it to printable form.
An advisory committee of survivor-writers helped us finally with tasks ranging from proofreading to research and decision making: Malka Baran, Moshe Baran, Arnold Blum, Fritz Ottenheimer, Goldie Ottenheimer, Marga Randall, and especially Yolanda Avram Willis. Ruth Lieberman Drescher volunteered her expertise in graphic design and her experience in book publishing to design the book. Judy Robinson helped this group to market the book.
The moving photographs taken by Joy Berenfield express the beauty and power of ordinary people who survived extraordinary circumstances.
Our husbands, Dr. Philip Brostoff and Dr. Robert Chamovitz, gave us their loving support, encouragement, and help throughout the creation of this book.
Underwriting for the original, self-published edition of this book was provided by a generous gift from Lester E. and Ruth A. Zittrain.