We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story ~ Press and Events

Chabad of Contra Costa
November 1, 2009

Author Naomi Litvin was featured at a free Book Talk Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley. Naomi is author of We Never Lost Hope which recreates her parents' incredible love story in the powerful memoir. Litvin is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an American Jewish GI who landed at Normandy. She lets her family members reveal the stories of their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust. Told in five indelible voices, the book gives a you-are-there punch and a moving immediacy. Lovely and haunting, We Never Lost Hope is a reminder that genocide can happen anywhere, and that we all must be vigilant against the forces of hatred.

Beth Jacob Congregation Oakland, CA Nov/Dec2009
Naomi Litvin is a participant in the Jewish Book Council's Meet the Author Program for 2009-2010...

Conversations With Naomi: Jonathan Meola

The following interview with Jonathan Meola is a fascinating peek into a brilliant mind. I became acquainted with Jonathan, and also his dog Bruno, on Twitter. Somewhat like speed dating; making friends on Twitter can involve ridiculous conversations, missed communications, and hilarious encounters. Jonathan and I started tweeting in each other's direction due to both of us having pro-Israel beliefs. It took me longer to compile my interview questions for Jonathan as I sensed a need to dig deeper into his psyche to reveal a very interesting man with a Jewish Heart. It is with intense Jewish pride that I present Jonathan Meola.

Naomi Litvin: We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story ~ Book talks, corned beef, out of town relatives

November was busy at my house. Due to my two public book events, my family came in from out of town to celebrate with our local family. In a stunning turn of events, and in what may have come as a total shock to the whole famn damily, I actually wrote a book, was accepted to the Jewish Book Council, and was going to have the floor without being interrupted.

Thank you, Afikomen Judaica, in Berkeley, CA for hosting me on November 8 for a book talk, sale, and signing. It is such a cool Jewish store, where you can find everything from a challah cover, tallit, books, to chatkes galore.

I stood up to give my spiel, and for some reason, maybe because my sister in law was video-taping me, I suddenly was at a loss for words. At that point my Mom jumped up, put her arm around my waist, and said, "go ahead, tell them what I said when I arrived in Munich on that day after liberation." And I did-- 'When I got off of the train that day, I could not help thinking that for all that the Germans had done to us, fate had spit the Jews right back on them, on that glorious day when the Jews were free and we arrived in Munich.'

Afterward, we went to Saul's Deli in Berkeley and had a raucous time with martinis, corned beef, camera flashing, and lots of laughter! So much so, that some people from another table came up to us, asking what we were celebrating. I said, Freedom! Then I sold the guy a book! Next event was on November 13, at the Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival, where I had the privilege of being on a stage with Riva Gambert. Director of Community Programs for East Bay Federation, Riva has demonstrated a deep, life-long commitment to Israel, and is a fan of Sir Martin Gilbert, who wrote the foreword and contributed maps to my book. Riva interviewed me and we discussed my book. At the end of it, I read my mother's poem, Hopes Worthwhile, a poignant piece that actually encapsulates the story, making it a perfect preface to the book. When I looked up, the entire crowd of people were crying. That made me happy! When all this was over, my sister stayed in town with my mom and I got out of Dodge, heading down to Carmel, to stay with my friends. While I was there, I presented We Never Lost Hope to the Monterey Public Library, hung out at River Beach where the Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean, and drove like a maniac down Highway One to Big Sur...with the wind in my sails!

Conversations With Naomi: Sheatsy

I'd like to give Sheatsy a warm welcome. We recently became acquainted on
Twitter where we discovered that we are simpatico on some issues. When I sent a tweet out looking for interviewees for this endeavor, Sheatsy sent a DM to me, saying "...great interview with David, a true hero. I would love to turn the tables and interview you." I immediately knew that Carla (@Sheatsy) was a woman of valor.

We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story ~ John Rothmann, San Francisco's KGO 810 Radio

John Rothmann, KGO 810AM/SF Radio Talk Show Host October 16, 2009 from San Francisco, CA

"I absolutely loved your book! You really did your homework! I liked that your Dad was an American GI. I will definitely have you on my show."

A frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency, John has spoken at over 150 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. He has been involved in many political campaigns on the national, state, and local levels, including Richard Nixon's in 1968. He has also published a wide range of articles on American political history, the Middle East, and education. John's personal love is his 15,000-volume library - one of the finest private libraries in the country - specializing in American political history and political biographies. All of these experiences, combined with his San Francisco heritage as a fourth generation native, make John a warm and captivating host for Bay Area listeners.

"...a must read for this summer..."

Jacqueline Serena
June 12, 2009

We Never Lost Hope is a must read for this summer. It is a love story that captures a piece of history we must never forget. I could not put this book down until I had consumed every page. A prisoner of the Auschwitz death camp is liberated and falls in love with an American GI.

Edith is the first War Bride to reach America and her story is riveting. But it is more than that; told from five voices, it broadens the readers experience to include a family’s experience as they endure separation, agonizing about the fates of their loved ones as the Final Solution kills millions.

I thought I knew all there was to know about the Holocaust but I was wrong. This book tells about life as they lived it before, during, and after World War II.

This is reality, this is history. Do yourself a favor, buy it, read it.

Great job Naomi Litvin!

First Book Club

"I finished your book and I was very much moved by it. Your idea of having the characters speak themselves is great. I belong to a book club and we were wondering if you’d like to speak to our group?" 
Malcolm Read

Naomi Litvin Book Talk was July 20, 2009
with members at their Bancroft Club House

San Diego Jewish World Review: May 31, 2009

San Diego Jewish World
By Sheila Orysiek

SAN DIEGO—Naomi Litvin uses the voices of five of her family members to tell the story of their journey from Transylvania (Hungary/Romania), through the Nazi killing machines of the concentration camps and slave labor to eventual freedom.  The voice of the interviewer/author is silent and so the reader hears only the tale from those who lived through it – much like a stream of consciousness spoken into a tape recorder.  It brings a sense of immediacy to the story; there is no filter.

Interview for the Detroit Jewish News Online

Author Naomi Litvin grew up in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Litvin’s family's World War II memoir is told in five voices. Sir Martin Gilbert has written the foreword and contributed maps to We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story. The following interview for the Detroit Jewish News by Janice Schooler Litvin gives some of Naomi's personal reflections.

Janice: What prompted you to write this book? Where and when did you first get the idea to write it

Naomi: First I’d like to thank you, Janice, for taking the time to interview me for the Detroit Jewish News Online. What prompted me to write this book is sort of like asking me, 'How did you learn to walk?' I have had my family’s story inside of me, sort of implanted in me, for a very, very long time. I always felt an obligation to tell the world this story, both as a platform against hatred and also for the love story. My parents' love story was always bigger than life, and I thought it had educational and entertainment value. For a long, long time I was afraid of the process though, because I was terrified of revisiting the horrors and subjecting my Mom to reliving the memories. So, I wrote snippets of the story, here and there, like on bar napkins and in college papers, and carried all of it around with me for years.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story

December 2, 2009

Dear Ms. Litvin,
I'm sorry for the long delay in acknowledging your letter. However, as you  may  know, shortly after we received your book from Rebecca Erbelding, a shooting occurred at the Museum and one of our security officers was killed in the horrific attack. In the days and weeks since the tragic incident, we have received a tremendous amount of correspondence and we are still working to respond to everyone.

Thank you for sending your book We Never Lost Hope and for your previous donation to the Museum's collection. Congratulations on the publication! Sharing the story of your family's experiences through the archival material you have added to our collection and now through your book helps to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, which is so important in this time of Holocaust denial and rising antisemitism. The stories of the survivors and witnesses provide us with a unique perspective on the history which resonates and teaches like nothing else.

As you know, Rebecca Erbelding forwarded your book to our Library and it is now an important part of our collection. Thank you again for your contributions to the Museum and to Holocaust education.

All the best,

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