An Evening with Michael Fryd, author of My Mother's War

Thursday, September 7th, at 6:30 PM

Please join us on September 7th for A Special Evening with Michael Fryd, author My Mother's War


Hitler's forces were no match for Evelyn Fryd. My Mother’s War by author and Holocaust survivor Michael Fryd is a gripping memoir about a family's harrowing escape through the killing fields of Poland, to Paris, and finally to New York. This compelling true story follows Fryd's larger-than-life mother who outsmarted the Nazis and saved her family.

Michael Fryd was only three years old when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, triggering World War II and one of humanity’s darkest chapters. Forced to leave their home and everything they knew, Fryd's mother went to near impossible lengths to keep her family safe from Hitler’s clutches, including crafting clever lies, dealing in the black market, and even flirting with the enemy. Evelyn Fryd epitomized the saying, "Well behaved women seldom make history."

"An engrossing and immersive family story with rich historical details." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A beautifully written account of one woman's strength and determination." -- Steve Zettler, Author of Careless Love

"At a time when our world is spiraling backward into intolerance, fanaticism, and antisemitism, Michael Fryd's memoir is a vital cry of commemoration and promise." -- Cordelia Frances Biddle, Author of They Believed They Were Safe


Michael Fryd currently lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA, and was born in Poland in 1936 to a small-town Jewish family. He and his parents spent the war years hiding from the Nazis in a local farmer’s root cellar. After the war, his parents left Poland and settled in a Paris residential hotel/bordello where they lived for five years while waiting for a visa to the United States.

While an American for seven decades, his values, cultural preferences, and love for writing were shaped during that post-war period. At fifteen he and his family were granted entry into the U.S. and settled in a Jewish enclave in the Bronx. Michael’s early life experience is chronicled in his book, My Mother’s War
which was Bio & Memoir Runner Up in the 2023 Maxxy Awards. It will be published by Story Sanctum in August 2023. Michael earned a Ph.D. In Chemistry from NYU, and an EdD in group behavior from Temple University. After successful corporate and academic careers, he returned to his early passion, writing. 
His short fiction has been published in Intrinsick, Easy Street, Page and Spine, Evening Street Press, UK Short Humour, Little Old Lady Comedy, and Story Sanctum. He is presently shopping for a publisher for his newest novel, It’s Not Easy to be Green.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Head House Books
619 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
My Mother's War: A Holocaust Survivor's Tribute To An Extraordinary Woman By Michael Fryd Cover Image
ISBN: 9798988665304
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Published: Story Sanctum Publishing - August 1st, 2023