Chhange Shines Bright at Starry Night: Generations Writing for Right

"...Guests enjoyed a riveting, interactive discussion with featured speakers Charlie and Shirley Wachtel. Shirley, gifted writer and proud mother of Charlie, described how her writing has been profoundly influenced by her life experience as a child of Holocaust survivors. Charlie shared personal insights about his journey to the Academy Award ceremony. Attendees also viewed a powerful video produced by George Kolber and his brother Charles about their family’s remarkable journey to Shanghai during the Holocaust. This memorable evening concluded with a presentation of Star Awards of Appreciation to the Wachtels and to Vita & George Kolber by Chhange Board President Howard Dorman, Executive Director Dale Daniels, and Special Projects Co-Director Susan Yellin..."

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Charlie Wachtel, George Kolber, Vita Kolber

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Christa Kolber, Charlie Wachtel, Charles Kolber

Manassas welcomes Kolbers

Steve & Gwen Waxman welcome Charles and Christa Kolber to Manassas, VA. where on Sept. 5th  Charles addressed local book clubs at a large event hosted by the Waxmans. The event was sponsored by The Regency Education Club and Fog Mountain Circle Men's Book Club of Manassas.


George Kolber Speaks


August 2nd George Kolber spoke at The National Museum of the Holocaust.

Thrown Upon The World Now on Radio

George Kolber, Charles Kolber, and Joan Hamburg

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

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Kolber interviews on This Week in America

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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.

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.

ME TV’s Jersey Matters Interviews the Kolbers

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


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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