Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hi Lisa,

My name is Farrah Jochai and I just ordered and read your book - Zalman Ber. I'm emailing you to thank you for writing this. My grandpa, Boris Jochai, passed away when I was too young to understand or appreciate his experiences and I have been craving more of a connection to his background and trying to research him and the other Jewish Partisans.

My great aunt Pesia, Boris' sister, has told me about your father Sol and how he helped my grandpa Boris in the US. I have seen pictures of him since I was very young and always assumed he was related to me.

Thank you again for writing this book and giving me an opportunity to learn more about my grandpa's life and experiences. This has given me a deeper sense of connection and appreciation. I don't have children yet, but when I do I am going to share this book with them and make sure they know who Sol was.

Also - such a small world as I read that your family opened a synagogue in Scottsdale. My dad, Larry Jochai, moved our family to Scottsdale in 1994 and I have lived here since.

Farrah Jochai


Boni Weinstein
I read the book Saturday and thought it was wonderful. Not only was it so well written but I learned so much. It is the first book about the Holocaust that I could get through without being so sick afterwards. Your parents were incredibly brave people and I so admire their courage and spirit. I brought a copy to my son and urged him to read the book. I need to buy more.
Denise Mathot
I finished your book and it is SO Good!! It is unbelievable what your parents went through and I love the way their story is told.
Ava Young
"Zalman Ber" is a small book that makes a big impact. Written in a voice emerging from one of the most shameful and violent periods in human history, Zalman Ber lingers. I could easily carry this story with me for a lifetime, inspired by it's example of the resiliency of the human spirit. It makes me want to be a better person than I have been."