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!”
Yvona at third thursday artwalks
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:
Each Third Thursday of the summer the Saranac Lake Art Walk is being held and Yvona will be attending.
Read about the Artworks here in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. "Yvona Fast had a wide range of books spread out before her — a collection of recipes, her mother’s memoir and a soon-to-be released collection of poems about loons. Fast has been writing about food and recipes in a column for the Enterprise for years, and has a large collection for her cookbook."
Thursday, August 18th, Yvona will be stationed in front of the Goody-Goody Toy Store at 9 Broadway in Saranac Lake. Rain location is at the Hotel Saranac. September's date is the 15th.
Hoss's Author's Night - August 9
Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 7-9pm under the big red and white tent.
"This is our 37th year hosting authors who have written books about, or set in, the Adirondacks."
Hoss's Country Corner
1142 Main Street
Long Lake, NY 12847
Yvona will be there with her books.
Yvona will be at the ArtWorks booth at Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market on July 30, August 20, August 27, September 17, October 1.
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
9 a.m. - 1 p.m
She also was there in June on the 18th and 25th.
"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. ArtWorks is partnering with the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for this event."
Yvona Fast and Dana Fast , authors of Good in the Midst of Evil
After a daring escape from the Warsaw ghetto, 11-year old Lilka is torn away from her family. With a name change and new identity papers, her life becomes a masquerade. She must learn to act the role of a Catholic girl living in the Polish country, a role she's not familiar with or prepared for. Will she succeed?
Dana’s message for many years has been that it has been unfair to deny the heroism of many Poles who risked their own lives as well as the lives of their families. In her memoirs she describes the individuals who helped her find Good in the Midst of Evil.
Available through: Your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold!
Questions? Contact Yvona at email@example.com.
Summer Events – Meet the authors of Good in the Midst of Evil
JUNE 2022 EVENTS
Book Signing for Good in the Midst of Evil at Paul Smith’s College Visitor’s Interpretive Center
Friday, June 10, 5 PM
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
Authors of the Jewish Diaspora
Adirondack Arts & Entertainment
Discussion between historian Nancy Sinkoff, Holocaust survivor Dana Fast, and author Yvona Fast.
Wednesday, June 22, 7 PM
Lake Flower Landing
421 Lake Flower Ave
Saranac Lake, 12983