History of a Family in War and Peace
About the Book
This brief book tell about the lives of two participants in World War II, Abraham and Isidore Hertzberg and their lives after they returned from this conflagration. There fore it is both a bona fide account of combat plus a family history. There are some unbelievable incidents in this account. If it were not for the navigational knowledge of Abraham Hertzberg, he might not have even made it to his base in England. Isidore Hertzberg might have fought in the Battle of the Bulge, if the Germans had been stronger. The lives of these brothers after the war is unremarkable, except that Abraham became a very successful Civil engineer and Architect, and Isadore, while working as a carpenter sired a fine family who have far exceeded his own academic achievements. This book surveys the lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people and is a reflection of life in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.
About the Author
I am qualified to write this book, "Ordinary Heroes" because I knew the two getlemen, Abraham and Isidore Hertzberg. They were my brother-in-laws. I lived through the time period being discussed (World War II) and thereafter. I am a trained historian with a doctor of Arts degree in History from Carnegie Mellon University. I have already written a book entitled "Its Trying To Teach" published by Outskirts Press. I have wanted to write this book for a long time. Then I received a long treatise from Abraham Hertzberg in December 2011 which contained much information that I did not know. Unfortunately, he died while I waxs involved in writing. (He was over 90) but had enjoyed good health on his 90th birthday. Thus it has become impossible to verify some of the events in this book. Recently, I have received some help from the oldest son of Isidore Hertzberg, Frederic Hertzberg. My own bioghraphy includes having been a teacher and a Professor of History in both public schools, private schools and colleges and Unicersities. I was part of the founding faculty of the American University in Bulgaria, the first "western" Institution in a former communist country. I am married (it is 60 years now) to Martin Hertzberg and we had five children, one of whom had a rare disease. It was my second son who died of a disease few people have even heard of : Dystonia musculorum deformans. This event was definitely the most challenging of our many years together. Of the children who are still alive, two are medical doctors, one is a lawyer, presently a judge, and our fourth son is the head of the US Office of a computer firm. We have seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. We derive much pleasure from seeing them and celebrating with them. We, my husband and I, live in Copper Mountain Colorado. We moved here to enjoy skiing and other recreational opportunities. However recent surgeries may make that more difficult for me, Ruth Hertzberg. I have been a swimmer and a tri-athlete. I may try to run again in a race this June (2012). But now I would like to celebrate the lives of Abraham and Isidore Hertzberg