We are pleased to announce that “Anita’s Piano” has received a Montaigne Medal Finalist Award. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher and awarded to the most thought-provoking titles each year.
- “We thank you for bringing attention to this serious and growing problem.” Jane M. Orient, Executive Director, AAPS -American Association of Physicians & Surgeons.
- “A book worth reading: This story is especially timely now that the health care reform is being implemented… Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Health Care, Cato Institute.
- “The Monster Chase explores several issues facing healthcare professionals” D. McCorry, Health Policy Research at The Heritage Foundation, George Town University School of Medicine.
5.0 out of 5 stars First hand account of a child in a concentration camp from beginning to the end, February 12, 2014 By Valerie Caraotta (CONYERS, GA, US) – See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
This review is from: Be a Hero: A Witness to History (Paperback)
Many are familiar with history’s recordings of Hitler’s abuse toward the Jews in concentration camps. Despite historical annotation, you are about to read a book based on the life of Anita Ron Schorr that shares a first hand account of her life where her innocence was stolen as a child as her family braved the “Pyramid of Hate” led by Hitler’s regime. I was reminded quickly how life and family dynamics can change from stable and loving to chaotic and uncertain. Author Marion A. Stahl did a wonderful job engaging the reader on Anita’s evacuation and several moves with other Jews that would ultimately lead to family separation and a concentration camp.
As you trace this young life’s calamities beginning at age 9, you may discover in part as I did, that the human optimistic will to survive may be the most important ingredient in trauma. With family suicide being a choice for some, it was March 23, 1943 where the day of transport began and where home no longer existed. In detailed fashion will events capture and enrage you on how such injustices were allowed and carried out by those indifferent to human suffering.
Taken more than 70 years for Anita to share her feelings, she recalls “I kept those memories locked up, feeling ashamed of them for much too long”. Discover the sad statistics of the number of prisoner fatalities. Though a melancholy plot there is a hope that has sprung from the ashes of life as today she lives to speak to audiences, empowering them.
This book is history at its finest as you will gain the inside picture into both event and emotions. Sometimes in life losses can ultimately be gains in other avenues. I recommend this book with a 5-star rating as the contents will captivate you page after page.
“Be a Hero” by Marion A. Stahl; Childhood Stories of Acclaimed School Speaker, Anita Schorr
Press Release: Cuttingsville, VT (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
Anita has kept the attention of thousands in the last twenty years. Author Marion Stahl has captured her memories for a lasting message.
Cuttingsville, VT (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
The books about her dramatic childhood experiences during WWII are written for youth and adult readership. A teacher’s edition will soon also be available. The message of ‘Step in and Be a Hero’ coupled with ‘I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody’ by Abraham Lincoln, is illustrated throughout this book.
Anita has received many recognitions, including ‘Movers and Shakers.’ More recently, she was awarded the ‘Exceptional Leader Award’ by Senator Richard Blumenthal, the ‘Distinguished Community Leadership Award’ by Governor Nancy Wyman, and the State of Connecticut General Assembly Official Citation. These recognitions were celebrated during the ADL Centennial Gala.
For more information: http://www.anitaschorr.com
In “Be a Hero,” Anita has a beautiful life where playing the piano and music surrounds her. Her family lives in Brno, Czechoslovakia. She is nine years old when her town is invaded by German military forces. She sees her world slowly crumble. As the family is displaced time and again, she tries to come to terms with the horrible years that follow. An orphan at age 15, she is left to fend for herself. Young Anita Pollakova opens her heart and shares her fascinating life. She brings readers in a complex and riveting part of history.
The author, Marion A Stahl was touched by Anita’s story and inspired by her mission to teach about bullying and social abuse. Marion embarked on the task to retrace events, paint surroundings, as well as beget the young girl to bring forth her voice again as well as her adult message. Stahl has a medical degree and specializes in writing about health-related topics. In “Be a Hero – Anita’s Piano,” she combines her loves of history and her professional background to help readers, especially young audience, explore the repercussions of harassment. “I was touched by Anita’s life story. This is a lesson about lasting damage caused by bullying or social abuse,” Marion Stahl.
Anita’s stories have received many praises:
“Her narratives reflects a positive attitude and touches the hearts of all.” “Echoes and Reflections” – Anti-Defamation League.
“If someone is being bullied or marginalized, she says: ‘Step in, Be a Hero. Don’t stay silent. Speak out. This takes guts, but it is what we must do as people.” – University of New Haven.
“She was driven by a relentless need to survive so that she could share her story and ensure that the nightmare of prejudice and violence would never happen again.” – Josh Sayles, The Weston Forum.
“Be a Hero.” “Stahl’s book will inspire young adults to learn about WWII history and how not to repeat it.” – Lara Moore
Marion A Stahl 244 pp
Paperback and digital
“Be a Hero, A Witness to History”
Pub date: March 2014
BISAC/Genre: Youth NonFiction, Social bullying
Book Web: Anitaschorr.com
A novel that takes a new look at some of health care nightmares: This is a second novel for Marion A Stahl. She brings readers into an unknown zone of the medical and legal system.
In “The Monster Chase” the author presents a young woman who is pregnant and unable to find a doctor to deliver her third baby. She also finds out that her beloved physician, Dr Quaile, has disappeared. As she is researching the reason for the disappearance, she is confronted with a series of real-life intrigues and discovers crucial information that explains the shortage of doctors she is facing.
This book is intended to be an easy read but is educative and well researched. The author illustrates in the story these two known legal phenomenons: 1) The Rashmonon Effect or the effect of the subjectivity of perception and recollection by an observer of an event. Each viewer can produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of that event. 2) The famous mass hysteria illustrated in the Salem Witch Trial and its wide-spread tragedy. Ms Stahl illustrates in this novel how these phenomenons may be very present today in our judicial system.
This book addresses Health Care, Civil Rights, our legal system and on becoming a doctor today. Is our justice system doing a reasonable job with doctors? The story written by Marion A Stahl will unravel details and flaws in due process, hearings, and legal intricacies that can lead to injustice. These errors may have had a stronger impact on the availability of providers today, then we realize.
ISBN/EAN13: 1450544193 / 9781450544191
Marion A Stahl 276 pp, also digital
“The Monster Chase”
Pub date: June 1st, 2012.
BISAC/Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Medical/Legal
Black Elephant Publishing
By pkimmel on February 27, 2014
New Book About Bullying: ‘Be a Hero’ by Marion A. Stahl; Childhood Stories of Acclaimed School Speaker, Anita Schorr Anita has kept the attention of thousands in the last twenty years. Cont
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”