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“Nothing Really Bad Will Happen” Author Talk with Deborah S. Holman

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


As the dark clouds of Hitler’s regime descend upon Austria in 1938, Sigmund Lichtenthal, an Austrian hat-maker, loses everything dear to him. He begins a lifelong odyssey to reclaim his former legacy, facing formidable challenges, including the heart-wrenching internment of his son in concentration camps. Despite it all, Sigmund maintains an unwavering belief that nothing really bad will happen. The effects of this family tragedy linger on, casting a profound shadow on the entire family, including Sigmund’s granddaughter, Doris.
Seven decades later, the baton is passed to Sigmund’s great-granddaughter, Deborah. Driven by a deep sense of familial duty, and armed with revelations from preserved letters and historical documents, she undertakes a profound journey to complete Sigmund’s mission. As she confronts the haunting echoes of the past and unearths buried truths, readers are left to ponder: Will she be successful in completing his lifelong quest? Join local author Deborah S. Holman for a book talk rich in family history at the Woodbury Public Library.

“Nothing Really Bad Will Happen” skillfully weaves together the threads of history, loss, and family relationships, transporting readers through time to witness the indomitable resilience of the human spirit across generations. With meticulous attention to actual records and intimate family letters, this captivating tale explores the interplay between self-worth and the resilience of the human spirit. Through the lives of Sigmund, his son, and their descendants, readers are invited to reflect on their own sense of value. This poignant narrative serves as a testament to the transformative power of recognizing one’s intrinsic worth and the enduring legacy it leaves behind.

For two decades, Deborah S. Holman has immersed herself in the world of genealogy. An educator at heart, she has taught courses and spoken about diverse genealogy topics. Currently serving as the Editor of QUEST, the quarterly newsletter from the Jewish Genealogy Society of Connecticut (JGSCT), and the moderator of the JGSCT Writers group, Deborah ensures the dissemination of knowledge within the genealogy community. As a seasoned chronicler of stories, she is the author of the long-running blog “Who We Are and How We Got This Way,” and several family history books, inviting readers on a captivating journey through personal and collective histories.


April 3
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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