Holocaust survivor, ROMAN FERBER was born in Poland in 1933. He spent his childhood years confined by the Nazis in the Krakow Ghetto, and in the camps of Plaszow, Gross Rosen, Brinnlitz, and Auschwitz. After the liberation, he was rehabilitated in what had become the Displaced Persons camp of Bergen Belsen in northwestern Gemany. In 1949, at the age of 16, he immigrated with his mother to the USA and settled in New Jersey. They were soon followed by his sister Hanka Ferber, and fellow survivors Joe Lipschutz, Wilús Schnitzer, and Victor Lewis and his wife. Years later, Roman met and married Maxine Singer with whom he has two sons and a daughter. For over three decades, Mr. Ferber held key positions in the city government of New York including: Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Business & Community Development, Director of Manufacturing & Wholesaling, Director of Business Development, and Director of Job Development & Treasurer of the NYC Job Development Loan Program.
ANNA RAY-JONES is the author of Sustainable Architecture in Japan published by John Wiley & Sons, 2000. She has also written several screenplays including The Haunting of Rachel Gottlieb, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl’s Screenwriting Fellowships of 2005, and There Might be Angels, a finalist for the Kairos Screenwriting Prize of 2009. Her short story, Him Woolly, was a winner of the new fiction prize of 2009 awarded by the Journal of Arts and the Environment. Her next book, a work in progress, is called Loom Song, a novel about Irish linen weavers shipped out as felons to Australia in 1828. She is currently a Senior Vice-President at the PR agency of Donley Communications in New York City.