Friday, September 27, 2013

You Tube Clip—East Hampton Library Talk

Hi Everyone,

 Just a few words to keep you posted as to what's going on. I'm in between speaking engagements for the book tour and back in the Bahamas for only a few days. Leaving on Thursday to speak at the American Trakehner Association Convention in Ohio and then on to Los Angeles where my dear friends are hosting a book signing. Meeting people is wonderful and fulfilling whilst traveling is exhausting... but when I feel tired, I remind myself of what the refugees on the trek went through, how tired they must have felt, how hungry, cold and terrified.

Getting ready for the talk  at the East Hampton Library

  I am posting this video clip of a talk I gave at the East Hampton Library last weekend where I met a wonderful man— Ed Naujoks—a survivor of the Great Trek out of East Prussian who calls himself an "Old Prussian Rebel." Ed drove all the way from Connecticut to Long Island and I so enjoyed sharing information with him and meeting his lovely wife Faith. Our conversations were rich and touching and his stories corroborated all of my research. I'm so happy we met. What is interesting too is that my grandfather used the name Naujoks in his diaries and in my novel The Last Daughter of Prussia I did the same. There's a sentence in the scene where Manya witnesses the terrible Russian ambush on Nemmersdorf that reads like this:

  Manya heard sharp blasts and looked toward the church. Beyond it, in Farmer Naujok's field, men were lined up. One by one, they jerked and fell as bullets ripped into their backs. 

I just find that life is full of coincidences or perhaps I should say there are reasons and guiding forces for every encounter in our lives.

Ed Naujoks— a survivor of the Great Trek and me at the library

The you tube video clip you see here is a part of my talk at the East Hampton Library. My wonderful publicist, Kim Nagy, of Wild River Books is the person introducing me.

Kim Nagy, my publicist of Wild River Books with me
in Shelter Island

  While in that old prestigious library I felt as if I was breathing in rich air laden with centuries of literature. Again I recognized the importance of storytelling. Stories keep the pieces of humanity in our remembrance so they don't get lost.

  Thank you everyone for coming. Special thanks to Dennis Fabiszac and Steve Spataro for inviting me to speak.

Until next time...

—Marina Gottlieb Sarles


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