Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is a frequent and favored inspirational speaker, talking about her experience during World War II and stressing the importance of "never a bystander" and that "one person can make a difference." Irene is a co-founder of Zeitouna, an organization of Jewish and Arab women working for peace, and a founder of the Raoul Wallenberg Project at University of Michigan. John D. Bidwell is consulting editor of Monique and the Mango Rains, the critically esteemed book authored by his wife Kris Holloway that chronicles their time in the Peace Corps with the Malian midwife Monique Dembele. He is the Executive Director of the United Way, Hampshire County and has lectured and taught at the University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, Smith College, and Marlboro College. John has his BA from McGill University. Kris Holloway is author of the critically acclaimed Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, which has been called "a respectful, unsentimental portrait [and] a poignant and powerful book." (Kirkus, Starred Review). She has delivered hundreds of presentations, and the book remains a favorite "common read" and is used in 150+ college and university courses. Kris is President of CISabroad, a leading education abroad organization responsible for sending thousands of students to study and intern abroad worldwide. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Born in Berlin in 1930 to a Jewish family, Butter was deported in Nazi prison camps. Forbidden by American relatives, who took her in post-war, to speak of her experiences, she is now making up for lost time with this remarkable memoir. I can't put it better than Tobias Steed who says that it "celebrates the exercise of empathy for others even in the most inhumane and turbulent of times; a relevant message in an age where similar hatreds and discrimination rise once again". -- Editor's Choice, The Bookseller - 16.08.19