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Recent Press Releases
The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood
Contrary to the denials by ultra-conservative bishops in recent months, most of us are painfully familiar with images of the Holocaust and the tragedy associated with it. Today, there are memorials and museums, here and abroad, to help us remember the Holocaust and to educate. The Shame of Survival is yet another small piece to the complex puzzle in understanding one of the darkest times in our history. It is an honest account of surviving under Nazism and coming to terms with the ideologies inflicted on a young, impressionable mind, from the unique perspective of a young girl who at first was an ardent supporter of the Nazi party and a leader in the BDM (League of German Girls).
“This is a brave, honest account of a young girl’s experience in Nazi Germany, and especially of how women and girls were exploited. There are many layers of story and meaning in this courageous and painful memoir.” —Jewish Book World
For the Love of Murphy's: The Behind-the-CounterStory of a Great American Retailer
If you lived in Shelbyville, Hancock, Napoleon, West Newton, or any number of small towns throughout the eastern and midwestern United States during your childhood, chances are that you had a Murphy’s store in your backyard. Now a lost treasure, G.C. Murphy Company stores dotted the map from the Canadian border in the North to the Rio Grande in the South and places in between. The popular five-and-ten-cent chain offered a variety of shopping experiences for the retail senses. Cosmetics, candy, toys, produce, hardware, apparel—and the famous lunch counter—linger as memories in the hearts and minds of loyal patrons. For the Love of Murphy's traces the intimate history of this retail icon, headquartered in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Fifty years have passed since the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. This famous case, along with its more recent counterpart, Parents Involved v. Seattle School District, is the focal point of discussion on school desegregation in Choosing Equality. Former Delaware Senator and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. opens with a foreword highlighting that the fight for equality is far from over, despite some progress in the past 50 years. This unique work, divided into three sections, weaves the voices of many expert contributors into one core message: the fight for desegregation and equality did not end 50 years ago with the decision from Brown, but continues today.
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Join Bill Russell, author of Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, on a hunt for morels, recently broadcast on WPSU, Penn State Public Radio. To listen, click here.
To see a trailer for our book For the Love of Murphy's by Jason Togyer, click here.
To see a gallery of FSA/OWI photographs from our book Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II: A Photographic Record by Ronald Filippelli and Allen Cohen, click here.