The Holocaust As Seen Through the Eyes of a Boy Who Became a Survivor

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In “Because of a Fishbone,” first-time author Monica Kocsmaros tells the remarkable true story of Janči David Teschner, a holocaust survivor and her husband's grandfather.

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It was the stories told around a dining room table on Friday nights that turned into her first novel. Because of a Fishbone is a newly published book by first-time author Monica Kocsmaros, who debuts with this remarkable biographical work, based on the life of Janči David Teschner.

It was December 1938. A family sat around the dinner table as they did each night. However, in a few fateful moments, their lives would change forever. This true story follows Janči’s journey in Slovakia, through bunkers, homes of strangers, and concentration camps during the holocaust. Through a combination of his wits and the good deeds of strangers, Teschner escapes death seven times, but not everyone in his family is as lucky.

Armed with Janči’s stories and her own travels to his homeland, Kocsmaros brings to life the extraordinary human experience of a young boy who was forced to grow up too quickly in order to survive. Kocsmaros’ stunning composition and vivid imagery takes readers on an unforgettable journey of Janči’s life.

“This book is dedicated with love and fond memories to my dear wife, Ruth, and all my family and friends—those who are with me today and those who did not have the chance to tell their own stories,” Teschner states. “I hope my words will honor their spirit and do justice to their tremendous courage. Through the pages of this book, the light of your lives will shine forever.”

With Because of a Fishbone, Teschner’s story has become part of the pages of history for the world to know—and to never forget. Kocsmaros has crafted a literary work of retelling and remembrance that carves a lasting legacy not only for her, but for Teschner and his family. Teschner’s life serves as a reminder of history that should never be repeated, and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

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About the Author
This is the first novel by Monica Kocsmaros. It was written after listening to countless life stories of her husband’s grandfather, Janči. Monica lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and daughter.

Because of a Fishbone * by Monica Kocsmaros
Publication Date: March 15, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 283 pages; 978-1-4797-6797-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 283 pages; 978-1-4797-6798-4
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