Friday, July 22, 2016

Free download of Courage of the Spirit August 1-5

I have been informed by several people outside the US that they had trouble with the download..

First, be sure that you have clicked on the button in the middle of the page that says "kindle", not "paperback." If its till shows a fee, then go to the bottom of the page, look for a link to Amazon USA and then enter the book and my name in the search. It may work from the USA version only.
Best wishes,
Regards, Norbert

In honor of my parent's memory, I am making my book, Courage of the Spirit, available for free eBook download through Amazon Kindle from August 1-August 5.

29 Tammuz is the date, according to the Jewish calendar, of the passing of my mother, Irene Weinberg, who survived Nazi persecution while hiding in the open in Lwow and Warsaw. I am doing this special offer in honor of her and of my father, Rabbi William Weinberg, who served as the first State Rabbi of the German State of Hesse after the Shoah .

To download your copy, please go to Click here to go to the page at Amazon.  (Or copy and paste this link Select Kindle version. Then click on the "Buy Now" button ( not the "Read for Free" which is for Kindle subscribers only). The "buy now" will cost $0.00 if you chose to do so during the Free Giveaway Time. Please feel free to pass this on to your contacts, as I want to make my father’s incredible story available to a broad public.
You don’t need a Kindle to read it. The Amazon website has a link for information  for reading Kindle on any device. 

My book, Courage of the Spirit, tells of my father’s saga in the decades up to and through the years of the Shoah. It is a story that spans thousands of physical miles, by freight train and on foot, from the Galician Shtetl to cosmopolitan Vienna and Berlin, and to Stalingrad and central Asia and back as my father kept one step ahead of the Nazi armies. It is a story that spans the mental and emotional journey from the medieval Shtetl, the great empires, and the weak democracies and totalitarian regimes that followed, and finally, to freedom.
We are shown a window into life in a Nazi prison and concentration camp, the day-to-day life of Jews in Nazi Berlin, and the vagaries of survival under Stalin’s totalitarianism.

It is my plan to ​tell  my mother’s ​story  as well as the story of the rebuilding of Jewish communal life in Frankfurt in the post-war years. I will be basing my work on documents now archived at the United States Museum of the Holocaust( recently placed on-line by the Museum).
Please download the ebook from Amazon from August 1 through August 5,
and forward this email to your friends and contacts as a way of helping me honor my parents and spreading the message of Courage of the Spirit..

Shalom and regards,

Rabbi Dr. Norbert Weinberg

Link for information on Courage of the Spirit


Comments on Courage of the Spirit:

I'm so glad my book reached you. I just finished reading Courage of the Spirit and I'm simply overwhelmed by the extraordinary story you relate! Your book is an extraordinary contribution to Jewish thought, as well as the triumphant story of survival in the face of unimaginable odds. I'm not sure where to begin. I'm actually speechless at the moment. As a writer, I can appreciate the painstaking research, which went into this book. Every page was an emotional and intellectual revelation to me. Your writing style is not only inviting and accessible, but also intellectually engaging. It's as if you consciously set out to engage those who have a passive interest in the Jewish narrative of the twentieth century, as well as the intellectual who is well grounded in the history, but may lack an appreciation for the unfolding human drama. (Ralph Georgy, author of Absolution: A Palestinian Israeli Love Story)

Congratulation on getting the first volume of your trilogy published! It´s great that the book is finally available for researchers. I will definitely recommend the book for the Jewish Museum´s library, other institutions and some Czech historians/researchers who are interested, especially in the aftermath of the Shoah and the postwar time.(Mgr. Monika Hanková, The Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague)

In Rabbi Norbert Weinberg’s reckoning of his father’s tumultuous, tragic past, history is no arid enterprise, no bloodless recording of facts and figures.  Interspersing personal reminiscence with detailed historical rendering, Courage of the Spirit brings the horrific twentieth century to life  through the story of Rabbi Wilhelm Weinberg, and his journey through Nazi camps and Soviet terror.(Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community)

 “Courage of the Spirit” by Rabbi Norbert Weinberg is a major contribution to the literature of the Shoah by transcending the cold facts of those dark days into a personal account of the experiences of the author’s father.   Rabbi Weinberg meticulously traces his father’s arrest by the Nazis in 1939 and brings us full circle to his being named the first State rabbi of Hesse. Throughout those terror-filled days, the rabbi retained his faith and determination to survive.The book is a must reading to all those who want to capture and be inspired by the inner strength and resilience of the Jewish people as reflected in the life of Rabbi William Weinberg.  (Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, Rabbi of the Adams Street Shul and author of A Time to Tell: Stories and Recollections of a Rabbi from Kristalnacht to the Present , ''and When The Rabbi Laughs'': A Delightful Compendium Of Contemporary Rabbinic Humor,and numerous other books.)
Courage of the Spirit was recently featured on “Advocacy Heals You”, with Joni Aldrich on, the Cancer Support Network, as themes from the book offered moral and spiritual courage in life’s struggles; the interview can be heard at:

Rabbi Weinberg was interviewed by Phil Blazer, JLTV.TV:This is a link to the conclusion:   . The full interview is at at 29:30 seconds into the program

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