Holocaust Survivor Shares Insights for Living a Life That Matters in New Book

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Author Ben Lesser shares his personal story of living positively despite obstacles.

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As a Holocaust survivor who went on to live a happy, loving and productive life, I wanted to honor those who did not survive by creating an engaging, educational and inspiring book that shows history from a personal perspective.

Holocaust survivor Ben Lesser doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him. He wants you to be inspired by his experiences to live your best life. He shares his story in his book “Living a Life that Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream.”

“As a Holocaust survivor who went on to live a happy, loving and productive life, I wanted to honor those who did not survive by creating an engaging, educational and inspiring book that shows history from a personal perspective,” Lesser says.

After he was liberated from Dachau, a concentration camp in Germany, Lesser came to the United States, where he eventually learned English, gained his real estate broker’s license and became a successful businessman. He wants others to know that he found success because he chose to not dwell on the obstacles and chose to focus on attaining his dreams instead.

“We can choose to confront obstacles instead of letting them stop us from attaining our dreams. We can choose to live a life that matters,” he says.

Lesser also did not let age stop him from achieving. Today, he is retired and spends his time sharing his personal story and educating students and adults about the events of the Holocaust.

“With seventeen years of speaking experience, I know the questions that students and adults have, so I included the answers in my book,” he adds.

Lesser also started Papa Ben’s Kitchen, a business that makes and sells traditional Eastern European cookies known as Mandelbroyt. Lesser learned to bake from his father, who sold baked goods to support the family during a portion of World War II.

Because of his Holocaust experiences, Lesser has also created the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports Holocaust education, remembrance and tolerance of all people.

“We must take action to assure that the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten—and that people are inspired to work against oppression.” Lesser says, "Whether a bully is in a family, a schoolyard or the head of government, it must be stopped—the earlier the better--bystanders must not remain silent.”

“Living a Life that Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream” is an extension of Lesser’s life and an inspiration that anything is possible when someone chooses to focus on the positive.

“Living a Life that Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream”
By Ben Lesser
ISBN: 978-1-4582-0272-7 (sc); 978-1-4582-0274-1 (hc); 978-1-4582-0273-4 (e)
Softcover, $22.99
Hardcover, $39.95
Ebook, $3.99
Approximately 370 pages
Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

About the author
Ben Lesser is a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from a concentration camp at 16. He later came to America, where he became a successful realtor. Following his retirement, he has devoted his life to providing Holocaust Education to schools as well as religious and community groups. A devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ben Lesser is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the Ben of Papa Ben’s Kitchen, a Mandelbroyt cookie company, and the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

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