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From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler’s Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Free and open to the public

From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler’s Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation

Glen Frank, Mike Ross, and Brian Wallace

Join us for an event in celebration of Steve Ross, former Psychologist for the City of Boston and founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, one of Boston’s most visited sites, whose vandalism in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, helped unite the city in the enormous march against hate speech last August. In this event, we shall hear from Mike Ross, Ross’s son, and Glenn Frank and Brian Wallace, co-authors of Ross’s memoir, From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler’s Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation. Mayor Marty Walsh, Former Mayor Ray Flynn, and Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League Robert Trestan shall also speak to the contributions of this remarkable individual. A book signing with Steve Ross and Mike Ross shall take place after the event.

As a young child in Nazi-occupied Poland, Steve Ross (then Smulek Rozental) endured unspeakable violence and deprivation in nine concentration camps. He lost most of his family to the Holocaust, but through sheer determination and a lot of luck, he survived his brutal ordeal, and went on to emigrate to the United States, where he built a successful career helping ensure that inner-city youth in Boston, Massachusetts would not only never experience suffering like he had but would also have the chance to overcome the obstacles in their path to pursue their dreams. A true testament to the power of human resilience, Steve Ross teaches us how even those who suffer the most can find strength and purpose in the service of others.  From Broken Glass is a wise and intimate memoir about finding strength in the face of despair and an inspiring meditation on how we can unlock the morality within us to build a better world.

Steve Ross, born Smulek Rozental, is the survivor of ten Nazi concentration camps—including Dachau, where he was tasked with transporting corpses to the crematorium. He served as a licensed Psychologist for the City of Boston, and he conceived of and founded the New England Holocaust Memorial, which was erected in 1995 and remains one of Boston’s most visited landmarks.

Glenn Frank is a Boston-based real-estate attorney and the author of Abe Gilman’s Ending. He spent countless hours collating Steve’s story and writing with Steve’s input to ensure that Steve’s story became a positive influence for generations to come.

Michael P. Ross’s experience solving complex problems and bringing disparate parties together as a legislator now extends to his practice as an attorney, where he focuses on commercial real estate, strategic advice, and government relations. Mike served for 14 years as a Boston City Councilor, as well as serving as the President of the body.  In 2013, he entered the race for mayor, sharing a bold vision for the city’s future. Mike’s commitment to social and economic justice extends to his professional and personal life. A first-generation American, he learned early on about the importance of building a more just and equal society. His father survived 9 concentration camps during the Holocaust and was rescued by American soldiers at Dachau.  Mike was appointed by President Obama to serve on the council of the United States Holocaust Museum. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, an MBA from Boston University, and a law degree from Suffolk University. Mike writes opinion columns regularly for The Boston Globe and has written for Boston magazine and Politico.

Brian Wallace served as a Massachusetts state representative from 2003 to 2011. He grew up in South Boston and as a child met Steve Ross when Ross was assigned to his school as a youth worker. He credits Ross with inspiring him to stay in school and pursue his dream of becoming a politician.