"It wasn't my choice to write this story...it was my responsibility." ~ Rhonda Fink-Whitman is a veteran TV and radio personality as well as an award-winning screenwriter, longtime Jewish educator and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. 94 Maidens is her first novel.
Rhonda is the director, producer, and host of The Mandate Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V4bmm6yJMw which, with a gubernatorial signature on June 26, 2014, historically changed the landscape of education in her home state of Pennsylvania by convincing PA legislators to enact a law requiring Holocaust and Genocide education in all public, charter, and cyber schools. Rhonda's video and advocacy started a national movement pushing for Holocaust and Genocide education and she now works with advocates and legislators in other states and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. to help enact similar laws around the country. In 2015, Rhonda received both Congressional and State recognition for her work and her committement to Holocaust education. She lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and two cats. In their free time, for which they thank our troops, Rhonda and her family volunteer for the USO.
Visit Rhonda online at http://www.94maidens.com/, at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/94Maidens, on Twitter https://twitter.com/94Maidens, subscribe on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxcD4D41XKRLUSqvp0ISeQ and check her out on Goodreads and Pinterest too!
To book the author for an interview, speaking engagement or appearance, and serious filmmakers interested in the screenplay of 94 Maidens, please contact the writer at Rhonda@94Maidens.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAISE FOR 94 MAIDENS:
Inspiration! Never before has an account of the atrocities of Nazi
Germany struck such a chord. 94 Maidens will send chills up your
spine and bring tears to your eyes, but Rhonda Fink-Whitman's brilliant
depiction of valiancy strengthens the inner soul."
- Lorraine Ranalli, author of Gravy Wars/South Philly Foods, Feuds & Attytudes and host of the Cucina Chatter Radio Network
"Chillingly authentic. It’s as if Rhonda dipped her paintbrush into a can of history and used her potent words to paint us a picture that is spot on. I would know."
- David Tuck, Auschwitz survivor, speaker, educator
Meet Dave and hear other eyewitness accounts by searching 94 Maidens on YouTube and @ www.94maidens.com.
"Heartfelt and moving...a great reminder to all of us about our obligation to share and preserve our own family history, the courage of ancestors, and their impact on our world."
- Tim Chambers, screenwriter, director, and producer of The Mighty Macs
Maidens is destined to teach you something you didn't already know about
this horrific period in history. A compelling and significant novel of courage, faith, hope
- Tamar Adini, retired Chair of the Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Foreign Language Departments at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Pennsylvania, consultant for the Central Agency for Jewish Education, and mentor in the worldwide Neta-Avichai project.
"A lovingly and deftly crafted book that tells a poignant, shattering story. It is a beautiful homage and gift to a family who will never be forgotten."
- Anne Dubuisson Anderson, writing and publishing consultant
"Rhonda Fink-Whitman takes us on a search to find the truth
about a family's past. In doing so, we
discover some truths about ourselves. 94 Maidens is a riveting journey."
- Rick Domeier, television personality and author of Can I Get a Do Over?
READER COMMENTS From 94 Maidens Facebook Page:
Dr. J. Kerner - An incredible read...you don't have to be Jewish to have it kick you in the ass!
E. Berger - Just finished the book....still choked up...
L. Garfield - Enjoyed 94 Maidens much better than A Casual Vacancy!
S. Wexler - Well I just finished the book and I have 2 words "Thank You!" Rhonda Fink-Whitman.
D. Delaney - I've read NUMEROUS Holocaust books....this one hits home with
me....Thank you for sharing your story. My mind is reeling.
R. Hymson - LOVED it!
Jan - Borrowed this from a friend, then ordered one to keep for myself. I could not put the book down. Gripping, hearstopping, tragic accounting of life and death under the Nazis. The randomness of who survived and who was slated for extermination gives the reader much to contemplate. One of the best recent books on the Holocaust. A must read and a must share book.
S. Morton - Finished 94 Maidens this morning; GREAT book!
B. Grossman - Rhonda, I have already read 100 pages between the train and lunch and love it. I am very wrapped up into the characters. I can't wait to continue later on. A wonderful story indeed.
K. Kraiman - Rhonda...I just finished it too. Couldn't put it down. What a great read, though painful at times. We must never forget and we must teach our children to never forget too. Thank you!!!
R. Kopchinski - I am reading 94 Maidens on my kindle, I can't put it down!!! I would like a signed copy now! And, like I am confident everyone who reads this book, will want more copies to give as gifts! Thank you for writing this book.
R. Richman - Just finished reading your book. I couldn't put it down it was truly heartfelt and opened my eyes to many questions that I have had excellent job!
C. Shalita - OMG Rhonda! I have finally started to read your book! So good! but I have to read it a little at a time...I get too emotional! Bravo my friend!
M. Ferrante - Aahh Rhonda, the book just came and I read a little past the first chapter! I love the descriptions and the scenes are so vivid. I am so excited to read more!
J. Pollack - Wow!! I agree with Debbie's "danke"!! I literally just finished reading and have way too many thoughts flowing around in my head to process what to write....Great Book!!!!!.....Necessary Reading!!!....I always knew your mother was strong but never knew remotely how strong!!!!
M. Jones - I've always been interested in learning about the Holocaust. Reading your book has strengthened the need to know more. I never knew your mother was a survivor and I can't put into words the feelings I had while reading. Thank you so much for writing this book.
D. Allen - Made me cry! And kept me awake for awhile last night; must not read before bed. But enjoying enormously!
A. Green - Finished reading the book this week after 2 days on the road for work! LOVED it and have already passed it on for the roomies to read! Congrats, Rhonda! What an amazing story!
J. McMahon - A Must BUY! AND A MUST READ!!!
L. Dacko – Your book was awesome. It
made me sad, mad and happy at the same time. I am going to read it again.
L. Moore - Sitting here in Panera reading the book. Had to take a break for fear I would just start bawling in the restaurant. These rough paper napkins do not make good tissues to wipe away tears!
B. Dratch - Just finished
your book. Spent the last two days
reading non stop. What a sad, inspiring,
powerful story. I can't wait to hear you
speak about it. Thank you for sharing or
should I say. “Danke!!”
G. Goldstein - I really enjoyed reading Rhonda's book. We were just in Prague, Budapest, and Germany, so I have vivid memories of the same things she saw. I thought it was beautifully written and I couldn't put it down. I read it on my vacation in one day.
M. Machles - Speaking as a Jewish educator, Rhonda has proven herself to be a valuable author and teacher. In 94 Maidens, as we make this journey with "Morah"
Rhonda to unravel the details of her family's past, we are taught
history and Jewish values as she generously and lovingly shares her
family's difficult journey to freedom. It is clear Rhonda is a devoted
daughter, a superior educator, and a true friend to our Jewish culture.
S. & D. Greenbaum - BRAVO! Just finished your wonderful book. It was particularly interesting because we have been to so many places that you mention. You made the characters come alive and it was with deep sadness that we read the horrific stories - so many that we have heard through the years. YOU ARE DOING HISTORY A GREAT SERVICE BY MAKING SURE THESE STORIES ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN. Thank you!