“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

Freeline Productions publishes eerie novel “Waking In The Dark”

Waking in the Dark

Author Michael W. Freeman’s book “Waking In The Dark” is a collection of six eerie stories. (Graphic by Sherrie Smith.)

ORLANDO — Freeline Productions has released a collection of dark tales, based partly on the author’s dreams … and nightmares.

The book explores themes that range from modern day Antisemitism and a rising tide of extreme nationalism, to sexual paranoia, and whether aging historic properties truly can harbor malevolent spirits.

“Waking In The Dark” by author Michael Freeman is now available on Amazon and as a Kindle eBook.

 

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

A man at a small cafe comes to the attention of two unemployed factory workers who harass him verbally, at least at first …

… a business executive checks into a historic hotel in South Florida, not fully aware of the disturbing history in the room he’s renting … Continue reading

How To Avoid The Trap Of Using Intrusive Marketing

intrusive marketing

Are you using passive — or intrusive — marketing for your website?

ORLANDO — There are different ways to conduct marketing. One of the most controversial ways, and considered by some to be among the least effective options, is intrusive marketing.
Intrusive Marketing has been around as long as businesses have tried to sell products, and have been used in a variety of different ways. The one connection is that consumers appear to get fed up with their methods, and often rebel. Think of consumers who get tired of telemarketing phone calls when they’re sitting down to dinner, or those who turn on their computers or laptops and discover their mail boxes clogged with junk mail spam. Think of travelers getting annoyed with take-out menus hanging on the door knob of their hotel room, or people complaining about large, unsightly billboards.
The concept of intrusive marketing can apply to digital and social media marketing as well. If you want people to know about your products, how do you avoid becoming the latest negative statistic in the field of intrusive marketing?
Good question.

Social Media marketing

A growing number of studies indicate that people are getting increasingly annoyed with marketing messages popping up on their social media feeds, particularly from companies and accounts they don’t follow. Since Facebook and Twitter both allow companies and individuals to use paid messages, that can translate into hundreds of ads bombarding someone’s Twitter feed. Over the course of time, one man’s message can become another man’s unwanted spam. Continue reading

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