Monday, April 17, 2023

Spotlight of Unearthed by Meryl Frank


 Meryl Frank’s captivating new memoir.


Hachette Books
April 11th,2023



“[An] engrossing debut…. Books like [Frank’s] help remind us of the horrors that happen when hate goes unchecked. This remarkable story of discovery and connection will appeal to fans of family mysteries and Holocaust history.”–Booklist

“Nothing stopped Frank as she traveled back and forth to Europe and later Canada, peeling back the veil and ending the silence on mass killings, brutal betrayals, and foiled escapes as well as bright flickers of courage and rebellion. She sifted through records across four continents, partnering with archivists and translators. After the mystery of Franya was solved, new parts of the story emerged to yield unexpected satisfaction. Frank's attitude and rigorous self-reflection will be a beacon to the many people profoundly affected by generational trauma. An unflinching project that succeeds as a small victory against the erasure of the Holocaust.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Zechor, remember, is the eleventh commandment of all Holocaust survivors and their children. Meryl Frank fulfills that commandment to its fullest. Her book is a must-read to understand what it was like to have lived, struggled, fought, and died in Vilna and its surroundings. Unearthed tells a great story of courage, faith, and survival.” —Abe Foxman, Holocaust survivor and national director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League


“Sometimes the truth—though memorialized on yellowed pages in a discarded rag heap, stuffed into an underground hideout, and preserved by a beloved but formidable aunt—needs to be discovered for oneself. Meryl Frank's memoir, a meditation on history and memory and a quest to uncover her family’s Holocaust story, is a testament to the power of the past to exert its hold and to demand our recounting.”—Ilana Kurshan, author of If All the Seas Were Ink
“Rooted in Meryl Frank’s drive to understand and honor her own family’s legacy, Unearthed offers the reader a gripping and poignant reminder that history and our own legacies are more closely connected than we often acknowledge.”—Senator Cory Booker



UNEARTHED is the story of Meryl’s search for her cousin, Franya Winter, and a timely history of resistance and generational trauma. 
As a child, Meryl Frank was chosen by her Aunt Mollie to be the inheritor of their family remembrance. 
Mollie reminded Meryl never to forget who  they were, where  they came from, and the hate that nearly destroyed  them. 
As an adult, Meryl carries this burden as she investigates Franya’s death, asking herself:

What is our duty to the past?
How do we honor such memories while keeping them from consuming us?
And what do we teach our children about tragedy?



Ambassador Meryl Frank is an international champion of women’s leadership, human rights and political participation. Frank is a graduate of Rutgers University and Yale University where she earned graduate degrees in International Relations, Political Science and Public Health.She is also a frequent speaker on gender, health, environment, and refugee issues worldwide.
Frank was appointed as the United States Representative, and subsequently, as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) by President Barack Obama in February 2009. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, Frank was elected Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey. 

Frank is currently the President of Makeda Global Network, an international consulting firm specializing in leadership and media training, messaging and strategic planning. Meryl is also the co-editor of The Parental Leave Crisis - Toward a National Policy, and was Director of the Infant Care Leave Project at the Yale Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. She was instrumental in the development and passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Frank has served in the leadership of many national and international organization’s governing boards, including the President of American Jewish Congress - Women’s Division, Jewish Women International (JWI) and Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS) and Warm Heart Worldwide and The Connecting Group. 

Most recently, she was appointed by President Biden to the US Holocaust Memorial Council in May 2022 and the Board of YIVO in September 2022. She has also played leadership roles in many political councils and boards including, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) National Women’s Leadership Forum, the National Finance Committee (NFC) for Kerry for President, Hillary Clinton for President, Obama for President and Biden for President campaigns. 


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