July 14, 2019

The Piano Tuner’s Daughter: My Best Friend by Ingrid Silvian. " A stirring story about two girls, one Jewish and one Christian, torn apart during World War II." — TheBookWalker This is the story Ingrid’s mother needed her grand piano tuned, and she asked the piano tuner for his help. The piano tuner brought along his daughter, Sonia, and Sonia met Ingrid. Since then, the girls became best friends. Sonia and Ingrid spent many times playing hide-and-seek in the massive basement that Sonia’s father converted to a worksh...

June 2, 2019

Much like Michael Shinagel’s journey back to Vienna in 1965, his memoir, Holocaust Survivor to Harvard Dean: Memoirs of a Refugee’s Progress, is a cleansing of spirit, an exorcism, and an acknowledgment of how the past paved the way for a career in one of America’s most illustrious name in education.

When Michael and his family set foot in New York, his father, Emmanuel Schinagel, had the foresight to drop the c in the family name, knowing people will have trouble with its pronunciation, knowing it will always come between the fami...

May 1, 2019

Michael Shinagel served as the dean of continuing education at Harvard from 1975 to 2013. When he retired, he was the longest serving dean in the university's history. Shinagel's career is paved with many achievements and honors. However, the road leading up to his Harvard career is not one without difficulties. In fact, it was a life so tumultuous, Shinagel had a hard time reconnecting with it for a long time. Shinagel's former last name is Schinagel. His father dropped the "C" to adapt to their new American...

March 20, 2019

Back From 44 - The Sacrifice and Courage of a Few is about one man’s experience of being in the B-26 Marauder during World War II. It also welcomes the readers into the many significant events of his life — enlisting in the army, saying goodbye to his new wife, being sent on deadly missions across Europe, and the pain of losing his closest friends. It recounts Nick Bentas’ time in the U.S. Army Air Force from basic training, to encountering enemy flak, to his final mission.

March 7, 2019

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for...

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