MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue notes that since the opening of the county’s Holocaust Center at MCCC in 2003, the center has provided invaluable learning opportunities about the Holocaust and other genocides for Mercer students and the community at large, including K-12 teachers and their students. "This event is another example of the meaningful activities this 11-year-old partnership has brought to the college," she said.
“We warmly welcome the Zeiger family and encourage members of the community to join us for an uplifting and truly special event,” Dr. Donohue continued. “The book portraying Mr. Zeiger’s story is one of compassion and perseverance in desperate times and holds powerful lessons for both children and adults.”
During the reception, Upjohn, a Canadian author who learned of the Zeiger family story through a colleague in New Jersey, will read the book. Also participating will be Shelley Zeiger's brother, Michael, who was rescued along with Shelley by Anton Zuchinski, the book's hero.
“The Secret of the Village Fool” is the winner of Canada’s 2014 Silver Birch Express Award and received excellent reviews for its introduction of the difficult topic of the Holocaust to younger children. (The book is suggested for ages 8+.)
Among the many positive reviews was one from Kid Lit: “‘The Secret of the Village Fool’ is a compassionate story of the human spirit…I loved the simple, no-nonsense writing that kids will have no trouble understanding, yet should not be scared after reading... [it] can be an immensely important tool in young children's history classes... a must read for 2013 and the first 6-star review here at Kid Lit Reviews.”
There are also opportunities for sponsorship at higher giving levels.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (609) 570-3616.
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