When children approach their parents with inevitable questions about death, divorce, homosexuality or how babies are made, adults often turn to books to find the right words to start the discussion. The same is true of another sensitive subject that defies simple explanation: the Holocaust. There are a few thousand memoirs, biographies and novels for young people on the Holocaust published around the world, and surprisingly, more than 100 picture books, too. It is clearly a popular subject.
Dina Frydman Balbien, 81, whose experiences in the Holocaust are told in a book written by her daughter, Tema N. Merback , wasn’t expecting to find Betty Feuerstein, who is also in her 80s, at a reading of Merback’s book on April 29. The two worked together around 1950 at the Max Factor cosmetic company in Los Angeles, Feuerstein said, but had not seen each other since.