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"Lonek's Journey: The True Story of a Boy's Escape to Freedom," by Dorit Whiteman is now available!

Adults who read "Escape via Siberia" wished for an edition they could give to their children and grandchildren.  Now they can!   By popular demand, Dorit Whiteman wrote a fascinating, inspirational children's book based on her book, "Escape via Siberia." Published by Star Bright Books.

Click here to read about this new book, pre-publication reviews from children, and a sample chapter.

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In May 2006, Dr. Dorit Whiteman was invited to lecture in Austria.  The invitation was based on her three books: The Uprooted - A Hitler Legacy; Escape via Siberia - A Jewish Child's Odyssey of Survival; and Lonek's Journey - The True Story of a Boys Escape to Freedom as well as her 0p-ed: "The Meaning of Restitution or The Mouse that Roared."  The participating sponsors were: The University of Vienna, the University of Salzburg, the University of Klagenfurt and the Literaturhaus.  The audiences consisted of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the general public.  Among the topics were:
1. The Experience of Jewish Children of the Anschluss [Hitler's take-over of Austria] and its Aftermath.
2.The Rescue of 1000 Jewish Orphans during World War II
3. Historical Trauma - Human Consequences (given at the Aula, an auditorium of the University of Vienna reserved for major lectures.)

Click here to read an article about Dr. Dorit Whiteman's lecture at the University of Vienna on May 17, 2006, which appeared in Die Gemeinde.

In May 2006 at a special ceremony in Vienna at the Jewish Museum, a scholarship was awarded to a needy Jewish girl in the name of Dr. Whiteman's mother, Dr. Lily Stern-Bader, and grandmother, Regine Stern. They had owned and directed a girl's boarding school, the Pensionat Stern, which was very advanced for its time.  Its mission was to prepare girls for higher education and provide a high cultural and intellectual background for them.  The school was taken over by the Nazis after Hitler's take-over of Austria.  The scholarship's purpose is to maintain the memory of the school's outstanding achievement.  The scholarship is for 20 years.  Dr. Whiteman proudly participated in the ceremony.  She spoke about the need to remember the past.  Although Jews have practically disappeared from Austria, their contributions to Austrian culture need to be remembered. To read excerpts from Dr. Whiteman's remarks at the Scholarship Dedication Ceremony and about her remarkable mother and grandmother, click here.
April 2006: presentation in Nassau County: " What is it like to write a book?"
Interview: Peculiar Calculations. Der Standard, Vienna, January 28th, 2006.
"Der Fall Whiteman" (The Whiteman Case) was broadcast by ORF (Austrian public broadcast), Radio �1, program "H�rbilder", on Saturday, October 22, 2005, 9.05am
Op-ed published in Der Standard, Vienna September 24/25, 2005, The Meaning of Restitution or The Mouse that Roared.

Dorit Whiteman is featured in a movie about the current lives of eight Jewish women, who are Holocaust refugees and live in the United States. 

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Dorit Whiteman gave a presentation at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. about  the Teheran Children on Sunday, October 31, 2004.  A synopsis of her talk follows this.  Click here for a review from the Museum's Director of Survivor Affairs, Martin Goldman, and here for a review from an attendee.

This is the fascinating account of the only Kindertransport that ever emanated from Russia.  In the middle of World War II, almost a thousand orphans who were released from Russian gulags were to be transported to Palestine. Their journey was stymied by the Iraqis who refused them transit visas. Stuck in Tashkent, a helping hand was extended by the English and American governments. In turn they were vitalized by a small group of Hadassah women who through endless persistence and resourcefulness managed to bring the attention of the world to these forlorn children. By horse driven cart, rickety cattle trains and leaky ships over heavily mined seas, accompanied by hunger, deprivation and illness, the children's circuitous eight months route led through Iran, the Persian Gulf, Pakistan, Yemen, the Red Sea, Egypt and finally Palestine.  


Dorit Whiteman did a presentation on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Woman Space in Manhasset, New York.  She told about the against-all-odds survival story of an eleven year old boy and other Polish Jews who fled to Russia.  This elegy to the human spirit was open to the public and well attended.

The true story of eleven year old Lonek, who battled history. Lonek's circuitous journey to freedom began when he was hidden inside a pile of hay, and smuggled from Poland into Russian-occupied Lvov. In Lvov, Lonek was caught by the Russians and deported to Siberia. But this devastating turn of events, like many others in his suspenseful saga, turned out to be a "blessing" in disguise. How so? Only because Lonek had been deported to Siberia did he narrowly miss the invasion of Lvov by the Germans, who massacred all of the city's Jews.

After enduring several years in a Siberian labor camp, Lonek joined the "Teheran Children." The Teheran Children were Jewish orphans who were, through ingenious means, rescued from Russia during the middle of World War II largely through the determined efforts of a small group of Hadassah women. Typical of the Teheran Children, Lonek covered tens of thousands of miles of war-torn terrain during his flight to freedom by foot, horse driven carts, rickety cattle trains and leaky ships that traversed heavily mined seas.  

In her presentation, Dr. Whiteman explains how the fates of the Polish Jews in Russia often hinged upon unseen political power plays. For example, during frequent international negotiations over the borders of Eastern European countries during World War II, a single line drawn down a map by a bureaucrat could hermetically seal thousands of hapless Jews within hostile countries, and occasionally open escape routes for others.

Dr. Whiteman also explains how an escapee's small act of courage, inventiveness or resourcefulness often made the difference in unforeseeable ways between life and death.

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