Luke, a local high schooler who interviews WW2 veterans, interviewed my mom about her Holocaust experiences. Watch it below. You can also view or subscribe to Luke's YouTube channel for other interviews.
On March 23, 2023, Dana and Yvona talked to the 8th grade social studies classes at Petrova School in Saranac Lake, NY.
Yvona read a poem about the destruction of Warsaw from Good in the Midst of Evil and introduced her mother.
Dana Fast spoke about her life in the Warsaw Ghetto (fall 1940 - summer 1942) and then her experiences masquerading as a Catholic girl in the Polish country village of Dabrowa, then in an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity, and finally living with a distant relative who had Volksdeutch status.
Thanks to Hannah Carroll for the pictures.
IN RECOGNITION OF THE HEROES OF THE WARSAW GHETTO UPRISING, 1943
Join us in welcoming Sophie Miron's aunt, Dana Fast, and her daughter, Yvona in a book talk about her memoir, Good in the Midst of Evil, on the subject of her survival during the Holocaust.
Dana Fast was born as Lilka Miron in Warsaw in 1931 into an assimilated, educated family and is a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto (1940-42). After a daring operation she was smuggled out. She lived in hiding during the rest of the War.
Afterwards she graduated in Chemistry and left Poland for Israel and then immigrated with her family to the US in 1962. She worked in medical research for many years and is now retired and living in upstate New York.
She will join us on Zoom with her daughter on April 2nd at 5:30 pm.
JOIN THE ZOOM CALL HERE. This is a free event.
This event is hosted by The Aquarian Minyan Congregation, Berkeley, CA.
On May 28th, at 2 pm, Yvona will be doing a book talk on her holocaust survivor story, Good in the Midst of Evil, at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh, NY. Time: tba
Yvona wrote this book about "One Girl's Survival of the Holocaust" with her mother, Dana, who is a survivor and wants people to know about the Poles who risked their lives to save others.
Click on the image to read more about this book, and Yvona's other books.
Yvona Fast will be at the ArtWorks booth* with her books at the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market** on the following Saturdays: May 27th, June 17th, July 1st, September 19th, and September 30th.
Location: Riverside Park, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m
*"One of the goals of ArtWorks is to connect artists and artisans to the community through the presentation of visual and literary arts created in the North Country."
** The farmers markets have spaces where “community and travelers alike come out for live music, local art, and of course, locally grown food. It’s fun for the whole family and a great way to experience the Adirondacks!”
Meet author Yvona Fast and check out her books at the Saranac Lake ArtWalks. She'll be there along with other artists, musicians, and performers showing their work. Hours are 5 - 7:30 p.m. and this event is FREE!
ArtWalk dates for 2023 are:
Yvona Fast and Michael Czarnecki will be doing Earth Day Poetry Readings at the Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center on April 22nd from 2 - 4 pm. It will be followed by an open mic.
Have you heard?
No ordinary bird,
that common loon.
Come and celebrate national poetry month with us.
For more information click here.
Address is: 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970.
Yvona Fast, author of Loon Summer, will be participating in the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation's celebration of common loons at the with a 1:00 pm: Poetry Reading and Book Signing on Sunday, October 9th.
This free, fun-filled day will feature activities for the whole family. The event will be held at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor’s Interpretive Center (The VIC), 8023 NYS Rte. 30, 8023 NY-30 Paul Smiths, NY 12970. Here's a link to the full schedule.
Poetry Reading and Book Signing
Friday, September 2, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation
75 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY, 12983
From landing on just-thawed lakes in spring to raise their chicks, until they migrate to ocean waters in the fall, loons enchant us with their haunting calls and black and white plumage.
Diving, swimming, fishing, raising their chicks are portrayed through Yvona Fast’s lyrical poems and Dr. Nina Schoch’s stunning photos.
Fun science facts accompany each poem and photo, providing scientific information about loon calls, diving abilities, fishing skills, and how they raise their chicks.