Thrown Upon The World Now On Radio

Thrown Upon The World “A fascinating read.  I promise you."

- Joan Hamburg

 

Joan Hamburg
Joan Hamburg
Back row from left to right George Kolber, Charles Kolber. Front row Joan Hamburg

ME TV’s Jersey Matters Interviews the Kolbers

Larry Mendte interviewed George & Charles Kolber to discuss their book Thrown Upon The World.

HIAS Promotes Our Story

Everyone has a story, the saying goes. But some people’s stories not only explain their own family’s history, but function as a universal kind of storytelling. You read their story and you understand the world, and maybe even your own life story, in a different way.

Such is the case of George and Charles Kolber, who wrote their family saga. The brothers, now 68 and 69, were raised in the United States but the tale of what happened before they were born is what led them to write a book. They start with the tale of their grandparents: the Kolbers’ flight from the Nazis in 1938, their incredible journey to Shanghai, and then the intertwining with the Chen family, who had also fled to Shanghai from Zhenru after having been persecuted in China by the Japanese.

George (Left) and Charles (Right) Kolber at their book signing located at CHHANGE in Lincroft, New Jersey.
George (Left) and Charles (Right) Kolber at their book signing located at CHHANGE in Lincroft, New Jersey.

As Seen in the San Francisco Review of Books

Book Review: "Thrown Upon The World" by George Kolber and Charles Kolber - By Grady Harp

This richly written book is a true story about many of the side effects of WW II – the Nazi anti-Semitism, the flight of Jews to places of safety – Shanghai in this story, and the miscegenation resulting from loves cast on a sea of insecurity, and more and more.

 

As Seen in The Two River Times

The Kolber Family's Freedom Flight - By: Rick Geffken

LINCROFT – Most of the flights to freedom that Eastern European Jews took during World War II went through France to England, or perhaps Switzerland to the United States. Not so for the Kolber family’s incredible journey. Josef Kolber and his wife Eve fled west from Austria in 1938 and eventually settled in Shanghai, China after taking separate and hazardous routes.“Thrown Upon the World,” the new book about that improbable escape, written by Josef and Eve’s grandsons, George and Charles Kolber, was launched on Aug. 1 at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) on the Brookdale Community College Campus...

Seen in New Jersey Jewish News July 18, 2018
The Kolber siblings, from left, Michael, Harry, George,and Charles,and their American-born half-sister, Regina Kolber. Photo courtesy the Kolber family.

As Seen in New Jersey Jewish News

Book Details family's harrowing Shoah-era journey

From Vienna to Shanghai to U.S., brothers reunite - Debra Rubin

When a man walked into the offices of The Jewish News in 1981 to place a personal ad, no one knew that the content of that ad was part of a family saga spanning decades and continents and involving a desperate flight from Nazi-occupied Europe, a “forbidden romance,” and, ultimately, the reuniting of far-flung siblings...

 

Events

Book Signing and Private Exhibit Showing

Enjoy a special opportunity to

  • Meet the authors and receive your Special Event signed copy of Thrown Upon the World , the newly released book about the Kolber Family's courageous Holocaust journey to Shanghai
  • View the Kolber Family's rare archival items
  • Tour Chhange's compelling, new exhibit Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience 

George and Charles Kolber Interview With Joan Hamburg

Ready to find out more?

“A fascinating read.  I promise you.”

Back row from left to right George Kolber, Charles Kolber. Front row Joan Hamburg

ME TV’s Jersey Matters Interviews the Kolbers

Larry Mendte interviewed George & Charles Kolber to discuss their book Thrown Upon The World.

HIAS Promotes Our Story

Everyone has a story, the saying goes. But some people’s stories not only explain their own family’s history, but function as a universal kind of storytelling. You read their story and you understand the world, and maybe even your own life story, in a different way.

Such is the case of George and Charles Kolber, who wrote their family saga. The brothers, now 68 and 69, were raised in the United States but the tale of what happened before they were born is what led them to write a book. They start with the tale of their grandparents: the Kolbers’ flight from the Nazis in 1938, their incredible journey to Shanghai, and then the intertwining with the Chen family, who had also fled to Shanghai from Zhenru after having been persecuted in China by the Japanese.

George (Left) and Charles (Right) Kolber at their book signing located at CHHANGE in Lincroft, New Jersey.
George (Left) and Charles (Right) Kolber at their book signing located at CHHANGE in Lincroft, New Jersey.

As Seen in the San Francisco Review of Books

Book Review: "Thrown Upon The World" by George Kolber and Charles Kolber - By Grady Harp

This richly written book is a true story about many of the side effects of WW II – the Nazi anti-Semitism, the flight of Jews to places of safety – Shanghai in this story, and the miscegenation resulting from loves cast on a sea of insecurity, and more and more.

 

As Seen in The Two River Times

The Kolber Family's Freedom Flight - By: Rick Geffken

LINCROFT – Most of the flights to freedom that Eastern European Jews took during World War II went through France to England, or perhaps Switzerland to the United States. Not so for the Kolber family’s incredible journey. Josef Kolber and his wife Eve fled west from Austria in 1938 and eventually settled in Shanghai, China after taking separate and hazardous routes.“Thrown Upon the World,” the new book about that improbable escape, written by Josef and Eve’s grandsons, George and Charles Kolber, was launched on Aug. 1 at the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) on the Brookdale Community College Campus...

Seen in New Jersey Jewish News July 18, 2018
The Kolber siblings, from left, Michael, Harry, George,and Charles,and their American-born half-sister, Regina Kolber. Photo courtesy the Kolber family.

As Seen in New Jersey Jewish News

Book Details family's harrowing Shoah-era journey

From Vienna to Shanghai to U.S., brothers reunite - Debra Rubin

When a man walked into the offices of The Jewish News in 1981 to place a personal ad, no one knew that the content of that ad was part of a family saga spanning decades and continents and involving a desperate flight from Nazi-occupied Europe, a “forbidden romance,” and, ultimately, the reuniting of far-flung siblings...

 

Events

Book Signing and Private Exhibit Showing

Enjoy a special opportunity to

  • Meet the authors and receive your Special Event signed copy of Thrown Upon the World , the newly released book about the Kolber Family's courageous Holocaust journey to Shanghai
  • View the Kolber Family's rare archival items
  • Tour Chhange's compelling, new exhibit Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience 

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Receive a Signed Copy when you Donate to The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (CHHANGE)

This true family saga of war and betrayal is both epic and intimate, pulsing with unforgettable characters caught in the tumult of history. Impossible to put down, it is deeply moving, answering heartbreak with healing through the sheer power of storytelling. What more can be asked of a book?

—Nicole Mones
Author of Night in Shanghai, Lost in Translation and The Last Chinese Chef