Mark Newhouse, the renowned author of the award-winning Holocaust fiction series, The Devil’s Bookkeepers, will participate in a virtual presentation as part of the Daniel Pearl Education Center Speaker Series on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany two years after his parents were liberated from Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Newhouse’s novel is about undying love and courage, with a plot that closely follows and brings to life the shocking true events his parents miraculously survived in the Lodz ghetto. Haunted by the loss of most of his family, Newhouse uses humor, poetry and his journey from abused child to multi-award-winning author of adult and children’s books and stories to offer a message of hope and love that transcends the Holocaust, so it never happens again to anyone.
Newhouse will present virtually, and attendees are asked to participate via a YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ModjeW0xh8&feature=youtu.be
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“We are really looking forward to Mark’s presentation,” said Dr. Andrew Boyarsky, chairman of the Daniel Pearl Education Center. “His life story is very powerful, and his gift to all of us has been his ability to share his life experiences in a way that is powerful, compelling and very meaningful going forward. Mark has a message that we all need to hear.”
Previous speakers in the Daniel Pearl Education Center Speaker Series have included: Dr. Perry Brickman, who was the subject of a documentary, “From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory’s Dental School History”; Dr. Berndt Wollschlaeger, the son of a decorated Nazi tank commander who traveled to Israel, converted to Judaism and later served in the Israel Defense Forces; representatives of Seton Hall University as part of the showing of Sister Rose’s Passion, a documentary film that examines the life of Sister Rose Thering, a Roman Catholic nun and former professor at Seton Hall University who battled anti-Semitism within her church and contributed to a historic Vatican declaration that Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus; Sheryl Olitzky, co-founder of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom; legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley, who spoke about providing opportunities and guidance to underprivileged youth; and best-selling author Yvette Manessis Corporon (Something Beautiful Happened), who spoke about survival and courage in the face of evil; the Tyler Clementi Foundation’s Jane Clementi, who lost her son Tyler to suicide after he became the victim of homophobic cyber bullying; and Lauren Hersh, executive director of World Without Exploitation, who talked about the threat of human trafficking.
The Daniel Pearl Education Center is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the ideals of understanding and community – those principles that are part of the legacy of the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Pearl was kidnapped and later murdered by extremists in Pakistan in early 2002. The DPEC sponsors a wide range of community outreach programs, including an annual community youth trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and more. The DPEC annually participates in the global Daniel Pearl Music Days, an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to humanity and understanding.
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