Publishing For The Generations

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Title: What They Could Not Forget: Holocaust Memoirs of Leo and Wjera Ringel


Author: Nancy Ringel as told to Jenni Hadden


Edition: Second


Number in print: 950. First edition of 200 copies. Second edition includes 750 copies.


ISBN: 978-0-615-19662-6


Pages: 108


Cover photo in  “Press Room”


Price: $14.95


Publication date: First edition, May 2008. Second edition, October 2008.


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“Foolishly, I thought there was little more that could be said about this era that I didn’t already know, but this collection of stories, simply and plainly told, left me numb…moved…angry…choked up. It’s about something so awful, and it’s so well done.”  Grant Rampy, National Correspondent, Tribune Broadcasting


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Press Release

Book review for What They Could Not Forget: Holocaust Memoirs of Leo and Wjera Ringel

by Nancy Ringel as told to Jenni Hadden




For Immediate Release:


“I was born in Chicago in 1953. Now that I’m in my fifties, I finally have the courage to tell this story. It is one of pain and profound sadness – but also of great strength and love – and it begins long before I am born.”


What follows this heartfelt prologue are the tragic but ultimately inspiring stories of the author’s parents as they lived through and survived one of the darkest moments in human history. In What They Could Not Forget: Memoirs by Leo and Wjera Ringel (Publishing for the Generations), Nancy Ringel persuades Leo and Wjera to share what they had safeguarded for decades: family secrets that they – in a great effort to protect their daughter and shield themselves from further persecution – had been determined never to tell. From their disparate childhoods in Poland to their meeting in a displaced persons camp in Germany and their eventual decision to move to the United States, Leo and Wjera are shining examples of the incredible fortitude that it takes to overcome great tragedy. The honest and absorbing narrative is largely drawn from a series of taped interviews and holds many touching pieces of conversation between the author and her parents from these sessions. Readers are fully engaged in the story from the first chapter, and won’t want to wait to find out more. The stories become even more personal and real through the book’s unique scrapbook-like design, which includes envelopes that contain family photographs printed and captioned as separate pieces and a special section of Leo and Wjera’s personal documents.  What They Could Not Forget encourages readers to respect racial, religious and cultural differences among people, and emphasizes the message that indifference to wrongdoing is perhaps the greatest tragedy of all. Like all Holocaust stories that survivors and their families have had the courage to tell, this one deserves to be shared with the world.