“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns,” a harrowing Holocaust memoir

Hanging Hitler's Long Johns

“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” is a harrowing, but still uplifting, memoir by Holocaust survivor Roman Ward.

“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” is a Holocaust memoir by Roman Ward, a Polish Jew whose harrowing journey started in 1939, when he was just 10 years old. He was living in the city of Kalisz, where Roman’s father was a successful businessman and respected veteran of World War I, and where the family lived in a large apartment with servants. By the war’s end, he has witnessed total devastation across Poland.

And yet Roman survived, and the book not only describes the agonizing journey his family endured during the war, but also the aftermath, as the Soviets took over Poland and East Germany.

If you’ve read other memoirs about the Holocaust, there might be a part of you that feels like these books are too difficult to pick up and read, that they’re simply so horrifying to get through. There’s no question that “Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” (a reference to young Roman’s impression that Nazi white flags looked uncannily like winter long johns) recounts a nearly unbearable amount of misery suffered not only by Roman and his family, but by all the other Jews in Poland, and by non-Jewish families as well.

But don’t let that discourage you from reading it. Roman is not a processional writer (he put together these memoirs with the assistance of Frank Feldinger, a journalist who has worked for publications like Fortune and Mother Jones), and the book benefits greatly by not feeling like it takes a “professional writer” approach. Continue reading

Lake County Animal Shelter hosting “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” pet adoptions

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Marshmallow is one of the dogs available for adoption at the Lake County Animal Shelter.

TAVARES — Anyone who has spent more than a couple of summers in Central Florida knows by now how to beat the heat – from hitting those well air-conditioned malls and movie theaters to jumping in the pool or driving to the beach.
Now, how about your pets? Keep in mind that while people can shed their coats, dogs and cats can’t — although the fur that keeps them warm in the winter can also protect them in the summer from taking on too much heat.
So your pets may enjoy being outdoors with you during the summer.
And if you don’t have any pets? As the Lake County Animal Shelter is pointing out, summer is the ideal time to consider adopting one.
To help promote pet adoptions, the Lake County Animal Shelter is teaming up with L.E.A.S.H., Inc., the non-profit group that works to assist feral cats and shelter animals.
Together, they’re sponsoring “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats,” a summer long pet adoption event they’re billing as “the hottest of the summer.” Continue reading

Owl trapped in water is rescued in Polk County

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Firefighter Darren Monk holds the owl he helped rescue in Mulberry on Monday.

MULBERRY – There’s an old joke about firefighters in small towns with very fire fires, who are quick to respond to calls of a cat stuck high in a tree, needing to be rescued.
This week, there was a variation of that story in Polk County, where an injured owl actually did get rescued by Polk County firefighters.
The owl, which has been given to the Woodland Wonders Wildlife Rehabilitation Service so it can be treated and rehabilitated, probably owes its life to those firefighters. They pulled the injured owl from a small pool of water Monday morning near Mulberry.
Kevin Watler, communications specialist for the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, reported that around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Polk Fire’s Station 710 in the Willow Oak area got a call about an owl that was trapped in a man’s pool.
“The resident wasn’t sure who to contact, so he called Polk County Fire Rescue,” Watler noted.
Capt. James Towns, Engineer Darren Monk and Firefighter James Parker went to the home on Bailey Road in Mulberry, where they found the owl stuck in about a foot of water, with one claw tangled in a tarp. The owl was caught there and unable to fly. Continue reading

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