The courage and compassion to do the right thing; that’s a major theme that resonates with audiences when they hear San Mateo, CA-based author Marty Brounstein talk on his book Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. This book has not always been Marty's main work. For 25 years, he led the consulting firm The Practical Solutions Group, serving a wide variety of clients on issues of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Through this work, he wrote eight books related to business management, from contributing author to sole author, including Communicating Effectively For Dummies and Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies and Managing Teams for Dummies.
But his 9th book is quite different and special. It has put Marty in the interfaith business, as he has a story of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. This book takes Marty back to his early career as an educator, when he was teaching history including the Holocaust. This true and remarkable story has a meaningful personal connection as well, which Marty reveals in his engaging storytelling presentations.
Marty has been on quite an unexpected journey of sharing this special story with audiences. He is now well into his 6th year of this journey, over 550 events and counting. The events have occurred throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, his home base, and in a dozen other cities, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle among them. The engagements have been in such places as churches, synagogues, Muslim organizations, community centers, social service organizations, Hadassah Groups, people’s homes, Rotary Clubs, bookstores, many schools, universities, libraries, book clubs, and history museums, professional conferences and workplaces. Plus in March 2014 at the invitation of the Dutch Consulate General he gave his presentation there. He has also been a keynote speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day events in the Chicago area, Seattle and Long Island, New York and in the Phoenix area this April 2017.
In baseball lingo, Marty is batting .1000 in terms of positive responses audiences have shown. So the journey to share this special story continues. Efforts under way to turn it into a feature film. So the journey to share this special story continues, with a 2nd edition that came out in the fall of 2016.