Judy Rakowsky, "Jews in the Garden"

Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor Historical Society, and Main Point Books welcome author Judy Rakowsky and her book "Jews in the Garden: A Holocaust Survivor, The Fate of His Family, and the Secret History of Poland in World War II."

This event will take place in the Winsor Room at Radnor Memorial Library. Reservations are requested via Eventbrite; walk-ins will be welcome. Books are available through Eventbrite, the store's website, and at th event. Autographed copies can be mailed to the U.S. after the event.

About the Author

Judy Rakowsky is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist whose career of enter­prise report­ing for The Boston Globe, The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal and Peo­ple Mag­a­zine often led cov­er­age on the major sto­ries of the times from orga­nized crime, priest sex to online bul­ly­ing of teens in the 2000s. She has gar­nered awards for fea­ture writ­ing, sen­si­tiv­i­ty to crime vic­tims, enter­prise report­ing, and domes­tic vio­lence. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Book

Inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Judy Rakowsky and her elder­ly cousin Sam, a Holo­caust sur­vivor, nev­er knew what hap­pened to their fam­i­ly dur­ing the Holo­caust. All they knew was that their rel­a­tives were hid­den away from the Nazis by neigh­bors, and then they were nev­er heard from again. Over the course of two decades, the two trav­eled back to Sam’s home­town in Poland in search of clues to what became of their lost fam­i­ly — but when they asked ques­tions, doors were shut in their faces. As they soon learned, Poland has done all it can to obscure its involve­ment with the Nazi party.


A globe-trot­ting detec­tive sto­ry, Jews in the Gar­den turns inves­tiga­tive eyes and ears towards the hor­rif­ic actions tak­en by reg­u­lar cit­i­zens dur­ing the Holo­caust. This unlike­ly sleuthing pair knocks on doors, peti­tions court doc­u­ments, gets run off prop­er­ties, seeks clan­des­tine meet­ings, and ulti­mate­ly dis­cov­ers what real­ly hap­pened to the Jews in the gar­den next door.

Event date: 

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Radnor Memorial Library
114 W Wayne Ave
Wayne, PA 19087


Jews in the Garden: A Holocaust Survivor, the Fate of His Family, and the Secret History of Poland in World War II By Judy Rakowsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728254623
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - July 11th, 2023