Theodore's & the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County Present: Holocaust Survivor Leo S. Ullman Discussing 796 Days

THURSDAY, September 7TH | 7:00PM
At Theodore's Books

Join Theodore's Books and The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County for an evening with Holocaust survivor, Leo S. Ullman as he speaks about and signs his memoir, 796 Days: Hiding As a Child in Occupied Amsterdam During WWII and Then Coming to America.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Copies of 796 Days will be available for purchase at the event.

A mesmerizing first-person story of a young Jewish boy pushed into hiding over a period of nearly two and a half years during WWII with total strangers who did not know who he was, while his parents hid in an attic elsewhere, not knowing where their son was or whether he was alive. This all in the heart of Amsterdam during the brutal occupation by the Nazis.

Their family, long established, leading honest, law-abiding, normal and comfortable lives were suddenly forced to (in their own words) "disappear," to "become illegal," and to "live like rats" to avoid capture and deportation to killing camps. Yet they survived, facing constant fear of death, house-to-house searches, betrayal, disease and hunger, until liberated by the Allies.

They then left their home, their country and their friends to start anew, in the U.S., seeking freedom from oppression. They quickly grew roots, becoming active and involved in their chosen community, and were able to succeed with zeal and good fortune.

This chronicle includes not only Leo Ullman s own personal story, but stories of other family members and their often miraculous survival. The book contains numerous unique photos, copies of documents and correspondence in support of the stories, as well as valuable historical and factual context of those terrible times.

LEO. S ULLMAN was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in July 1939. After surviving WWII as a "hidden child," as chronicled in this book, he came to the U.S. with his family in December 1947 to start a new life. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (1957), Harvard College (1961), Columbia University’s Graduate Schools of Law (J.D.) and Business (MBA) (both in1964). He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps., and Marine Corps Reserves (1959-1965).

He returned to Holland after law school as editor of an international tax publication, and founding editor of a loose-leaf tax publication. He has written several monographs and articles, as well as a monthly column for a Dutch publication, on (foreign investment in) U.S. real estate.

Mr. Ullman, a member of the New York bar, practiced law for more than 30 years, with major New York law firms and with his own firm. As of 1970, while still practicing law, Mr. Ullman established a real estate management company, which led ultimately to the founding of a real estate investment trust, which he grew, while CEO, Chairman and President from $13 million to $1.6 billion, and which he took to the New York Stock Exchange in 2004, resulting in an award as Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" With respect to his roots, Mr. Ullman served as a Director of the Anne Frank Center USA for two decades and as its Chairman for seven years. He has also served many years as the Chairman of the Foundation for the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam. He and his wife, Kay, have co-sponsored the exhibit "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" of the United States National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., for which he has served as a member of its Development Committee.

PLEASE NOTE: All books signed at this event must be purchased from Theodore's Books. If you purchase your book in advance of the event, please save your receipt.

Event address: 
Theodore's Books
17 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771-0000