Marty Brounstein, Holocaust author, comes to Carson City

Marty Brounstein is making another appearance in Carson City.

The author will be in Carson City on May 6, at the First Christian Church to speak about his latest book “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust,” a true story about a young Christian couple who helped save over two dozen Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II.

Brounstein has been traveling all over the country for the last four years speaking to people about his book. He said the success of the book has come from his audience’s positive response.

“People find it inspirational,” Brounstein said. “I think people like it because many didn’t know that during the Holocaust there was something positive that happened. It is a rescue story so people see that as positive.”

One person who found the story moving was Pastor Ken Haskins from the Carson City First Christian Church. He saw Brounstein speak last year in Reno and asked if he would come back to Carson City and speak at his congregation.

“I was so moved, it is such a powerful story,” Haskins said. “It just grabs at your heart.”

Haskins believes many people will greatly benefit from the presentation.

“I think that people have always wondered what a difference two people can make, and this is an inspiring story of that,” Haskins said.

One group the pastor really hopes to see is teenagers.

“I think that it is a good story for teens to hear,” Haskins said. “(The Holocaust) is like ancient history for teenagers and they are things that I experienced. I want to show that it’s not ancient history and we need to learn from it. It stores lots of lessons to learn to impact a lot of lives.”

Brounstein also believes in the impact the book can have on people. He’s trying to make it into a feature film so the message of the story can be spread further.

“If I am lucky enough to get this film, I know what it could do for people,” Brounstein said. “It can have the impact I’m hoping for it to have on people. I want it to have more exposure and have more people share the story.”

At his presentation, attendees will get to hear about his story. Brounstein will be doing a storytelling presentation and will take people into the story with “enough historical overview to paint a picture of what’s happening and who (the characters) are and what they did.” He’s then going to reveal his secret about why this story has a personal connection for him and is going to follow it with a question and answer session and a book signing.

The presentation will start at 7 p.m. and will take about an hour. The event is free to the public, though the book signing is $13.

Brounstein also will be in Reno on May 3 for an additional presentation.

Follow reporter Taylor Pettaway on Twitter at @TaylorNVAppeal


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