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FREE E-book Download – Holocaust Memoir – Shattered Crystals (Holocaust Diaries) by Mia A. Kanner

September 24, 2009 1 comment

Mia A. Kanner, the author, is offering her novel – the Holocaust memoir – Shattered Crystals (Holocaust Diaries) FREE for download from her website. It’s available as PDF and in many other formats. Click here to download. And the author’s website also has resources such as maps and photos as a reader’s companion.

I haven’t had the chance to read this (I’m currently plodding through Dan Brown’s new book), but I will – it’s a true story that’s written as a novel and has gotten really good reviews.

Book Description:

Eve Rosenzweig Kugler, nee Kanner, was born in the German city of Halle-an-der-Saale, where her father owned a prosperous retail business and was a member of a small Orthodox community. Raised in a loving Jewish home, she was unaware of the growing threat of Nazism that began in 1933. In November 1938, when she was seven years old, stormtroopers invaded the family home, arrested her father and destroyed his business. The terrifying events of Kristallnacht brought about an amnesia of the Holocaust years that persisted and plagued her for decades, until she asked her mother, Mia Amalia Kanner, to fill in all that happened to the family during the missing years.

Shattered Crystals is Mia Amaila Kanner’s remarkable story of her Jewish childhood in Leipzig, Germany, her marriage and move to Halle, the birth of her three daughters and how her idyllic life was shattered by the ever-increasing anti-semitic acts and laws after Hitler came to power in 1933. She recounts her husband’s visit to Palestine in 1935 and the obstacles that thwarted the family’s attempts to emigrate.

With her husband’s imprisonment in Buchenwald, it fell to Mia not only to get her husband Sal, out of the concentration camp, but also to get her entire family out of Germany. They were miraculously able to escape to Paris, only to be faced with a renewed nightmare of Jewish survival in France following the outbreak of World War II and the Nazi occupation of France.

Coping with the rearrest of her husband, Mia faces the agonizing decision of giving up her daughters and begins her life-saving association with the remarkable Jewish organization, the OSE, and her tireless efforts on behalf of Jewish children during the war.

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GLEE – Football Team Does the Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Dance

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Glee just keeps getting better and better… loved this scene! lol

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For Muse Fans – The Complete ‘Making Of’ Videos for “The Resistance”

September 24, 2009 2 comments

Just so you guys know, the deluxe version of “The Resistance” came with a ‘Making Of’ documentary. Well, a fan just uploaded the whole thing up on YouTube… so enjoy! The videos are a MUST SEE!!!

Part 1 – Uprising & The Resistance

Other videos after the jump…
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Adam Lambert Webisode Premiere & Onwards!

September 24, 2009 1 comment

If you go to Adam Lambert’s Official Web Site, the Adam Lambert Webisodes are posted there.

** I’ll be embedding each webisode here, but do click on this link to watch at the official site. You can check out Kris Allen’s videos at this link.

Adam Lambert Tour Interview Part 2 – We’ve actually seen the whole interview on American Idol.Com, but whatever…
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Currently Listening to … I And Love And You by The Avett Brothers

September 24, 2009 1 comment

Spinner.Com featured The Avett Brothers and this song way back in June and I was lured in just from their description:

‘I and Love and You,’ the title track for their new album, is a piano ballad soaked in folk flavor, crying “Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in.”

I was able to download a FREE copy from Spinner.Com (Link here). And I’ve loved this song ever since and have been very excitedly looking forward to a first listen on their album. Well, it seems I’m not alone as the Avett Brothers’ new album was recently featured on EW’s 20 Fall Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear.

Though the North Carolina folk-rock brothers have been quietly plugging away for a decade, their major-label debut, produced by studio legend Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z) may finally bring them the wider recognition they deserve; the plaintive title track alone (available on their MySpace page) is reason enough to be intrigued.

I’ve been keeping tabs on them since, and I loved that they are filming a series of videos (combining live footage, fan testimonials & personal words from the band) for each track in the album as they count down to the album drop date – Click on links to view – I and Love and You, January Wedding, Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise, And It Spread, The Perfect Space, Ten Thousand Words, Kick Drum Heart, Laundry Room so far…

Well, the wait is OVER, thank goodness for NPR Music! which is featuring an EXCLUSIVE first listen of the ENTIRE album a week before the album drops. Click here to listen, and let NPR know what you think afterwards! I haven’t listened to the entire thing yet – 50 min 44 sec (!) – but definitely will. I’m trying to decide whether I’ll just get singles or buy the entire thing…

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