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,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 delivering storytelling presentations to a wide variety of audiences and facilitating book discussions in school classrooms. He is now starting his 8th year of this journey, over 640 events with more coming. The events have occurred throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, his home base, and 14 other cities, with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, and Boston 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 and Holocaust 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, Phoenix area, Seattle, and Long Island, New York.
In baseball lingo, Marty is batting .1000 in terms of positive responses audiences have shown.So the journey to share this special story continues.