Go Fund Me Update

I am post-dating this update on Nov. 15th, because tomorrow we plan to fly to Las Vegas and onto California, weather permitting.  As of today, Nov. 15th, Go Fund Me contributors have donated $805 of our $1,000 goal.

I spoke with Leah, daughter of Rina, whose book about her life in a Russian detention camp during WWII, is the second book WordWorks wishes to help the author self-publish. I gave mother and daughter the good news with the hope that donations will still come from Go Fund Me to reach our goal.

I also just learned that the person whose poetry book we just helped self-publish has a memoir about his father that involves the Holocaust, so we may have found a niche that will attract other Holocaust refugees.

Again, here is a repeat of the posting about Go Fund Me that will remain until I return home, except for one other posting about plastics and pollution.  But first, to all of you have donated, a heartfelt thanks.

This Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for all the support through Go Fund Me.


Stories of Holocaust Resilience

ABOVE is Cherie Goren’s cover from her out-of-print book, A Time to Keep.

Here is the link to GO FUND MEhttps://www.gofundme.com/stories-of-holocaust-resilience

UPDATE: 11/09/18 (80thanniversary of Kristallnacht)

UPDATE: Leah Goren, Cherie’s granddaughter, was in the NY Times with her story and herillustrations based on Cherie’s escape from Lithuania. Here is the link:


Original Letter:

We are raising $1,000 to cover the costs of self-publishing the incredible stories of two remarkable but unknown  women who fled the Holocaust.*

Cherie’s father had the foresight and funds to leave Lithuania* right before Hitler took it back, thus saving his family from the ovens. One hard copy survives of the memoir Cherie typed 20 years ago. (Cherie is now 93.)

My friend Rina spent part of the war in a Russian detention camp with her mother, a midwife. Rina was sent to Israel by Kindertransport and eventually migrated to the United States. She started her story and it deserves to be shared widely.

With my writing colleague, Krista Nelson, who handles book design and photo retouching, I plan to publish these two tales of hope and resilience. The costs of editing, developing, formatting, and self-publishing both titles should run approximately $1,000 total. This summer I republished Flight to Freedom: A Tale from Tarpiluvka** on Amazon’s author platform and am confident in our ability to bring these stories to readers quickly and professionally.

So, if you think that positive stories, rather than horror stories, about immigrants who came to America to flee the Nazis is a worthwhile project, we welcome any amount you are able to contribute.

In October, my website, www.menupause.info, received 843 unique visitors. If each of you, my readers, contributed a dollar or two, we could get this project off the ground immediately.

Thank you for your ongoing support of my writing. Comments welcome. ……….. ellen sue

Here is the link to GO FUND ME:


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