“As a 14-year-old high school student, I have read many novels relating to the topics of the Holocaust and stories of survivors, but few parallel Rhonda Fink-Whitman’s “94 Maidens”. From the first few pages of the novel, I was hooked. Fink-Whitman not only eloquently tells stories from both the past and present, but also sheds light on this horrific part of history we must never forget. The writing style and pace of this novel allow the reader to fully absorb each detail and become connected to the story. I was able to feel every ounce of emotion and passion with Rhonda as she went through her journey. This novel embodies the lessons of compassion, resistance, and survival. I strongly recommend this moving novel to people both young and old and believe it echos the messages we should teach to future generations. I have been inspired by this author to continue fighting for Holocaust and genocide education in schools and thankful she put her incredible story into print.” ~ Claire Sarnowski
Dear sweet 14-year-old Claire, thank you so much for your amazing 5-star review on Amazon! Claire, you are the mini-me of Oregon and I’m so proud of the work you have done to mandate Holocaust education in your state! Survivor Alter Wiener was so very proud of you too! You are wise beyond your years and you inspire other kids your age to know that they too can right a wrong, effect change, and make a difference in their community and in their world. Thank you for this beautiful review and most importantly, thank you for being YOU! ~ With lots of love always, Rhonda
Another state takes action! Nebraska considers bill to mandate Holocaust education! Let’s give this bill all the support it needs. LB640 introduced by NE Senator Sara Howard of Omaha – Bravo! Read about it here.
Meanwhile, advocates in Arizona and Washington State need to amend their Holocaust education bills and strengthen the language to read “MUST” or “SHALL” teach and not just “encourage” or “recommend” which would not change the status quo. Right now, these two bills are not mandates! If you live in AZ or WA, please call your state legislators and speak up now! Urge them to amend those bills! THANK YOU!!
Half way there! Oregon’s Holocaust education mandate passed unanimously in the State Senate today! Now on to the House! Best team ever led by our 14-year old Supergirl, Claire Sarnowski! State Senate also unanimously passed a resolution honoring the late, great Alter Wiener! Well done!! #OR11
Our pals Mark and Kelly at USPS stamped copies of 94 Maidens and sent them on their way today, headed to the west coast, earmarked for Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High, Estancia High School, PUC CALS Charter Middle & Early College High School, Corona del Mar High School, and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District – NMUSD! Teachers, please use our books to help grow informed young adults who will reject prejudice and hate and learn from this horrible history, so that they can safeguard our future from genocide, because knowledge is power. #Holocaust #education #preciousresources #94Maidens
Thank you, Mrs. Trammell for purchasing a classroom set of 94 Maidens for your 7th graders! We hope that they find the book a meaningful read, that is has a huge impact on them, and that it helps them become more enlightened, empathetic, moral, and tolerant human beings. #Holocaust #education
We also had a very meaningful survivor presentation with Mrs. Sarah Meller who escaped the Nazis by becoming a nine-year-old partisan hiding with her mother and five-year-old sister in the mountains of Yugoslavia! And we were shown one of a kind artifacts from Holocaust Awareness Museum of Philadelphia curator Don Wittenberg.
In response to the recent incident in which high school students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in Los Angeles, CA formed a swastika out of red Solo cups and gave the Nazi salute at a recent weekend party and then joyfully posted a pic of it on Instagram, 94 Maidens author Rhonda Fink-Whitman has decided to send a copy of her book to each of the schools mentioned in the LA Times article about it with the hope that the students will read 94 Maidens and as a result, become more enlightened, moral, empathetic, and tolerant human beings.
From the author: “I wish I could send more copies of 94 Maidens, but alas, I’m a poor struggling writer. Newport Harbor High School, Newport-Mesa Unified School District – NMUSD, Estancia High School, Costa Mesa, Ca, Costa Mesa High School, PUC CALS Charter Middle & Early College High School, and Corona del Mar High School – this is my gift to you. Please have your students read and discuss. The free downloadable teacher’s guide is available here at this site – www.94maidens.com at the Teacher’s Guide tab. Just trying to help. We all must do something! For me, it’s not a choice, it’s a responsibility. With love and respect, Rhonda”
Arizona House and Washington State Senate each recently passed lame bills only “encouraging” Holocaust education. Nice try and probably good intent, but THESE ARE NOT MANDATES! The AZ bill goes to the State Senate next and the WA bill goes to the State House where they can each be amended in their respective Education Committees. We need Arizona and Washington State advocates to speak up and beseech your State Senators and State Representatives to turn these nothing-burger bills into real 100% mandates! As they stand now, they would make no changes to the already voluntary systems currently in place! Not good enough! AZ and WA residents, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.