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Monday 14 December 2015

☀ The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod - Avrom Bendavid-Val

Thank you for joining us on the first day of the  Virtual Book Tour for The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod, a Young Adult Non-Fiction book by (, Bacon Press Books, 139 pages).

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below.   Read the Introduction and the first chapter with Amazon Look Inside.  The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Avrom Bendavid-Val will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).

Synopsis | Trailer | Teaser | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Trochenbrod was a bustling commercial center of more than 5,000 people, all Jews, that was hidden deep in the forest in northwest Ukraine. It thrived as a tiny Jewish kingdom unnoticed and unknown to most people, even though it was “the big city” for surrounding Ukrainian and Polish villages. The people of Trochenbrod vanished in the Holocaust, and soon nothing remained of this vibrant 130 year-old town but a mysterious double row of trees and bushes in a clearing in the forest.

Teaser: Excerpt

     Trochenbrod was different from all other towns in Europe because everyone who lived there was Jewish. And because it was hidden deep in the forest, this town of 5,000 people was almost unknown beyond the nearby Ukrainian and Polish villages. Government authorities paid little attention to Trochenbrod, and Jewish customs were the only ones that mattered. All of Trochenbrod observed Jewish holidays and celebrated Jewish festivals like one huge family. Children played in the yards and fields, chuckling, yelling in Yiddish, and running up and down Trochenbrod’s one long street in complete safety and freedom. At dinner time, the aroma of Jewish cooking filled every corner of the little town and wafted into the surrounding forest.
     By the end of World War II, everything was gone. Everything—Trochenbrod’s houses, synagogues, shops, and public buildings, as well as its people—had been destroyed. All that remained was a double row of trees and bushes surrounded by a clearing where its farm fields had been.
     Once I had pieced together Trochenbrod’s story, I knew I had to share it. I would rescue the memory of Trochenbrod, and in a way, bring Trochenbrod back to life. The Lost Town is the story of 130 years of highs and lows and finally the destruction of Trochenbrod and its people. It is about the will people have and the struggles they will endure to be free to live their lives as they believe they should.

The Lost Town: Bringing Back Trochenbrod
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About the Author

Avrom Bendavid-Val was working as an environmental consultant in Poland in 1997 when he decided to cross the Ukrainian border and visit the place his father came from, the town of Trochenbrod. Finding nothing there, he was determined to uncover the history and spirit of the vanished town.

Avrom continues to this day to research, write and make films about the town, and serve as the anchor for the American community of Trochenbrod descendants. Avrom Bendavid-Val lives in Washington, D.C.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

MomJane said...

What a wonderful thing you are doing. I would love to read this book.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Unknown said...

Book looks interesting, good subject. Thanks for the chance to win :)

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

tiago rosado said...

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?