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Holocaust Survivor to Host Book Signing at Kean University

UNION – Kean University will host Holocaust survivor Clara (Schwarz) Kramer for a book signing of Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival on April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. Publishers Weekly called Kramer’s firsthand account of surviving the Holocaust "a fitting tribute to the bravery of victims and righteous gentiles alike."

Kramer was born in 1927 in Zolkiew, a town in Poland that is now part of the Ukraine. In July 1942, her town was taken over by the Nazis. Kramer, then 15, and her family, along with several other families, took shelter in an underground hand-dug bunker in an attempt to evade capture by the Nazis.

While in hiding, Kramer listened to her mother’s instruction and kept a diary of what occurred for 20 months until liberation. The original diary is in the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Of approximately 5,000 Jews in Zolkiew before the war, Kramer and her parents were among approximately 60 who survived. Her sister, Mania, was captured and killed by the Germans.

Kramer and her husband, Sol, were among the founding members of the Holocaust Resource Foundation at Kean University. In conjunction with the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean, the foundation collects and disseminates knowledge of the Holocaust through teacher training and school-related programs.

Clara’s War, despite the worst of circumstances, is a tale full of hope and survival, courage and love. Kramer hopes that her firsthand account will continue her mission of "telling the story" long after she is gone.

For more information about the book signing, contact Gerry Melnick, director of the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University, at (908) 737-4633 or e-mail