Simone Salen Reveals Her Father’s Compelling Account of Survival

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A new book details the beginning days in Vienna Austria of fear and uncertainty which spread the holocaust throughout Europe and finally resulted in WWII.

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LAS VEGAS – (January 10, 2013) – Simone Salen has this constant drive and determination to find herself, and the amazing turn of events led her to better understand her past and explore her roots. With her publication, My Father’s Lost Diary, she will take the readers into a heartrending journey through her father’s memories, back to the time when the holocaust spreads terror all over Europe.

More than six decades ago, her father’s diary was taken along with other possessions from their home. It was only last year that the diary was found, and with the discovery comes Salen’s longing to tell his story to the world. She never knew what hardships her parents went through during those years of WWII. She was brought up with such positive influences that she never really understood why she felt their sadness from time to time.

Israel “Sol” Goldhirsch started to write a diary when he managed to escape to the Netherlands, describing all he had been through in the hands of the Nazi in Vienna. He was an Austrian Jew with a Polish descent. He had a wife, who was four months pregnant when the Nazi started to take over their country. One by one, Jews were being tortured. People were starving. Young Jewish women were raped and violated. Their lives were taken out of their hands, but he never loses hope. His amazing spirit and belief in God is all he has left.

His diary was only found lately, years since he passed away, and the acquisition of this piece of treasure takes the readers into the sorrowful history of the holocaust, but also tells them the triumphs and the new hope that unfurled from the rumbles of the war. My Father’s Lost Diary is a moving and heartrending memory of a man who survived against all odds and reached the reality of his dreams in America.

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My Father’s Lost Diary * by Israel “Sol” Goldhirsch
A Personal Account of the Jewish Holocaust in Europe (1937–1942)
Publication Date: 12/26/2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 76 pages; 978-1-4797-6282-8
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 76 pages; 978-1-4797-6283-5
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-6284-2

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