One Southlake speaker Anna Salton Eisen presented the story of her Holocaust survivor father George Salton to about 4,000 students at Southlake Carroll ISD schools during Holocaust Remembrance Week, which took place Jan. 22-26.
Anna is the co-author of “The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir,” and “Pillar of Salt: A Daughter’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust,” She is also the executive producer of the upcoming documentary film “In My Father’s Words” based on both of her books. You can view a teaser of her film here.
In her 20-minute video presentation which was made available to 7th through 12th graders, Anna tells the story of her father surviving 10 different concentration camps during World War II.
Anna and her son Aaron, who is the co-author of "Pillar of Salt" and attend Southlake schools, made themselves available all week to do Q&As at the schools. Students at Carroll Senior High packed the library on Jan. 25 during lunch to hear her speak and answer questions.
Both Anna's book and her video are on the approved list of educational materials from the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission.
One Southlake kicked off the year with an International Potluck to celebrate our speakers and volunteers and share some of the exciting events we have planned for the year.
We had a great crowd and so much amazing food from around the world. Entrees included:: Nalesniki (Polish crepes); Russian potato salad, Syrian tabbouli; Indian samosas; Chinese dumplings, South American Empandas, hummus and veggies and Königsberger Klopse (German meatballs).
Desserts included Salvadorean Semita and homemade German Stollen. We even had organic Rwandan coffee from one of our newest speakers to top it off.
Thank you for everyone who came and not only shared some of their favorite dishes but their personal histories as well.
A record number of seventh through 12th grade students toured the One Southlake Living Library on Nov. 8. The students were from the Southlake 1st and 2nd ward youth groups from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A huge thank you to the Wade family who hosted our event and all the speakers and volunteers who helped out behind the scenes.
Welcome Tom Ha (third from the left), who grew up in Vietnam, and Meta Evenbly (fourth from the left) who grew up in the Netherlands. Meta is the author of "Brave Face: The Inspiring WWII Memoir of a Dutch/German Child." They are both new speakers to One Southlake and joined us at last night's speaker workshop. We're getting ready for next week's Living Library in Colleyville.
The One Southlake booths at Celebrate Southlake and Somos Southlake in September were hits! History buffs competed in One Southlake Jeopardy. We also had crafts for kids and international candy for prizes. We had hundreds of people come by to learn more about our programs. We're looking to do it again next year.
One Southlake is proud to partner with Anna Salton Eisen, author of "Pillar of Salt. a daughter's life in the shadow of the Holocaust." She speaks about her father's experience surviving 10 different concentration camps and her mother's efforts to find Jewish children after the war. She's in the process of a filming a story about her father's life.
We're excited to share her very moving and important stories.
Seventh and Eighth Grade Students from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Grapevine gave the Living Library a warm reception on May 2. This was our first official event in a school setting. We had 10 speakers representing nine different countries: China, Mexico, the former Yugoslavia, Poland, East Germany, Colombia, Peru, the former U.S.S.R. (Ukraine) and Laos.
Biggest “learning” takeaway:
Asked What’s one thing you could change about the Living Library?, responses (which included requests for more snacks) were overall positive. Here are a few: “Nothing; It’s absolutely great in my opinion!” “I wish I would have more time to go to the all the stations.” “Nothing; I loved it.”
Stay tuned for more Living Library and speaker engagements later this year!
A big thank you to everyone who came to the Living Library last Friday. We had a packed house with a dozen speakers talking about their experiences growing up outside the United States. We're so appreciate of our sponsor BioStone Animal Health, our hosts the Baker family and all our speakers and volunteers. People said they were moved by the stories. See some of their comments here.
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Book your tickets today for One Southlake's April 14 fundraiser celebration. Come experience the Living Library while you mingle and enjoy food and adult beverages. We'll have a popular taco truck serving on site.
A One Southlake panel discussion got a standing ovation on March 1 from the packed crowd at Robson Ranch Retirement Community. One Southlake Vice President Luis Argote moderated the discussion with Al Riera and Alex Parilli discussing their experiences living in Cuba and Venezuela, and how fast those countries changed under communism/socialism.
One Southlake is pleased to announce it will be awarding a one-time $500 scholarship offered to two students in 11th or 12th grade. Scholarships will be awarded to students who plan to attend accredited undergraduate colleges and universities, or vocational/technical and trade schools.
We recently presented our first-ever Living Library to a youth group in Trophy Club. Thirteen speakers shared their stories about Chile, Vietnam, Venezuela, India, USSR, Poland, China, Colombia, Latvia, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. The students loved the program--they only wished they could go to more speaker tables. Click here to see what they had to say.
One Southlake manned a booth at the second annual SOMOS Southlake Fiesta, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Oct. 2. It was a beautiful day and we were able to show off our programs to several hundred people who passed by our booth. Thank you to everyone who came out to help!
The Champions Rotary members in Justin, Texas, gave One Southlake a warm welcome at their September 7 meeting. The audience was very interested in how they could support us. We're so grateful for all those who came to listen to our presentation and provided feedback. If your organization is interested in learning more about our programs, please email us at OneSouthlake@gmail.com
One Southlake presented our TEKS-based History Enrichment program at CISD’s Professional Development at Carroll High School in July. Nearly 20 teachers attended over two morning sessions. The feedback was very positive, and we're eager to see how we can share our program.
Launch Party was held on July 15, 2022, celebrating our official incorporation. Thanks to the speakers and many volunteers who make this program possible.
Our beautiful T-shirts (designed by a recent CSHS grad) have arrived! If you pre-ordered a T-Shirt, we'll be reaching out to you. Additional shirts are available. Email us at OneSouthlake@gmail.com