Couple's courage in saving Jews in Nazi Germany topic of talk at 1 p.m. today at Livermore Library

Author Marty Brounstein speaking in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Marty Brounstein, a San Mateo consultant and author who has written a book that describes how a couple aided about two dozen Jews who were being hunted by Nazis during World War II, will discuss the effort in a talk in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Livermore Library Saturday.

In his book, "Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust," Brounstein writes about Frans and Mien Wijnakker, a Christian Dutch couple whose mission to rescue Jews from Nazi clutches was memorialized in their home town of Dieden. This is a village in the south of the Netherlands, where Frans also recorded oral histories before his death.

Doing the right thing was a challenge in the days of the Holocaust, when those protecting Jews and others from Nazi concentration camps could face the same fate if caught. Those who hid Jews or aided them in escaping to places where they might avoid internment in concentration camps were called "The Righteous Few."

Brounstein and his wife, Leah, visited the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, where a section called "The Righteous Among the Nations" honors Christians and other non-Jews who risked their own lives to rescue Jews.

Since his book's publication, Brounstein has spoken over 400 times in the past five years to schools, business firms, corporate retreats, community organizations and, most recently, to the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

His talk will start at 1 p.m. at the Livermore Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., where he will be introduced by Robin Fahr of Channel 30's Conversations.

The event is free and books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, contact Librarian Paul Sevilla at (925) 373-5500. For more information on Marty Brounstein, visit his website at

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