Historic Heroines Publishes First Book

Historic Heroines Publishes First Book

Historic Heroines announced today the publication of its first physical book: Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther by Richard Rashke.

In October 1943, Esther Terner and 300 other Jews escaped from Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in eastern Poland. It was the biggest escape of WWII and the subject of Richard Rashke’s book Escape from Sobibor. That book, and movie based on it, brought Esther many invitations to speak in public schools. Her courageous story generated hundreds of letters from children expressing their love, concern and outrage. Those letters became the inspiration for the play, Dear Esther. Historic Heroines is pleased to publish a collection of those heartfelt letters, poems and drawings school children sent Esther along with the powerful play, Dear Esther.

BookCoverImageChildren’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther is a powerful testament to Esther’s Terner’s strength and the empathy of the children she touched.

“I love the new book, Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther,” said Helen Kirschbaum, Director of the Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Cherry Hill New Jersey. “It shows—in the students’ own words—how they have been touched by Esther’s story and motivated to change their behaviors and attitudes toward others.”

Educator Debbie Bruhn praised the book, “A copy of Children’s Letters to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther should be in every classroom. Having the children’s letters included with the play makes this book an invaluable resource.”

“I believe Rashke’s Dear Esther inspires students to develop the character strength of bravery and deepens their understanding that silence and indifference perpetuate intolerance, bigotry and hate as demonstrated by ordinary people who chose to be silent and not intervene on behalf of the victims of the Holocaust,” said high school teacher Michelle Myers.

The Goodwin Holocaust Museum and Education Center is hosting a benefit performance of Dear Esther on April 19, 2016 at 7pm. The author, Richard Rashke, will be on hand to sign books.

This book is available for purchase in paperback for $14.99 and eBook for $9.99.

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About the Author: RICHARD RASHKE is a lecturer and author of non-fiction books including The Whistleblower’s Dilemma: Snowden, Silkwood and Their Quest for the Truth, Escape from Sobibor, The Killing of Karen Silkwood, and Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America’s Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals. His works have been translated into eleven languages and have been the subject of movies for screen and television. He is also an alto sax player and composer. He lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Publisher: HISTORIC HEROINES is a non-profit, independent book publisher that exists to champion the female voice in history by sharing fiction and non-fiction stories told through the feminine lens. Historic Heroines wants to get more people Hooked on Heroines.

For more information about Children’s Letter’s to a Holocaust Survivor: Dear Esther by Richard Rashke, please visit: www.historicheroines.org.


About Kristen LePine
KRISTEN LEPINE is the co-founder and Executive Director of Historic Heroines. An accomplished writer, educator and mother, Kristen is often inspired by history and current events. She wrote about Nellie Bly and mental health care in CRACKED POTS, a play commissioned by Theatre J in Washington DC. Currently she is working on a historical novel set in ancient Sparta. Visit her at www.kristenlepine.com.
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