The 2017 “Pomerantz-Rose” Meet the Author Series

Sponsored in honor of the transcription efforts of Ellen Pomerantz and Ellen Rose.

Upcoming Presentations

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  • When:Thursday, February 23, 2017 @6:30 p.m.
  • Featuring: Russel Lazega – Managing Bubbie
  • When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @6:30 p.m.
  • Featuring: Leslie Meisels – Suddenly the Shadow Fell
  • When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 @6:30 p.m.
  • Featuring: Haya Pomrenze – Hook
  • When:Thursday, May 4, 2017 @6:30 p.m.
  • Featuring: Menucha Meinstein – My Eyes Looking Back at Me



Suddenly the Shadow Fell by Leslie Meisels

Leslie Meisels was born on February 20, 1927, in Nadudvar, Hungary. His whole immediate family survived the Holocaust. He immigrated to the US in 1958, following the Hungarian Revolution, and to Canada in 1967. He and his wife Eva married in 1961 and they live in Toronto. >

Suddenly the Shadow Fell is Meisel’s memoir about his life and the experiences of his family during the Holocaust. With a natural gift for narrative, Meisels recounts the different stages of his life. Throughout the work, the emphasis on family is unmistakable. Meisels identifies several stages of his life, focusing on his idyllic childhood, the outbreak of the Second World War, the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment, the occupation of Hungary under the Nazis, and his experiences in Bergen Belsen Camp. Leslie recounts the different parts of life in the camps, namely death, beatings and illness. The trials faced by the Meisels family were great, but with the trials came miracles. Despite all the hardships, the family was able to survive together, and in the end, emigrate to Canada with each member safe and sound. Hope kept Leslie and his family alive, and with his works, he will continue to inspire and promote hope to generations to come.