Letters to Zachor

Dear Ben,

I recently finished reading your book which my son-in-law highly suggested I do. I can't say enough good things about it. It teaches so many life lessons as well as giving historical information. I am a psychotherapist & have worked with many clients who have gotten stuck in their tragic past. I feel your book can serve as an example of how to recover & thrive from the most horrific of experiences. Many people including myself don't like to look & acknowledge terrible things that are going on because as you said it is often more tolerable to believe the lie than the horrific truth. I hope everyone reads your book and learns the many lessons your book teaches but probably the most important one for me is that we need to be aware and prevent annihilation of not only the Jewish people people but all people because we all have something to contribute to the world. I feel we are again in scary times & I am so glad we have Israel who is aware & prepared to take action if need be. God I hope we can learn from history & don't repeat prior mistakes. So I hope your book awakes all of us especially those who have the power to do what is right.

Thank you for writing this inspiring book & sharing your experiences with us.

With highest regards,


Among the myriad of Holocaust autobiographies currently available, Living a Life that Matters by Ben Lesser is especially well suited to K-12 age pupils for several reasons. First, like many such autobiographies it tells an important and compelling life story. Second, it includes enough general historical material that the reader can consider Lesser’s experiences in an appropriate historical context without outside research., Third, unlike many Holocaust autobiographies, Lesser writes prose in a conversational tone that neither puts off young readers with strident overtones nor sends them scampering to a dictionary. It is appropriate for adults as well, but it is especially useful for introducing middle and high school pupils to Holocaust studies.

Dr. Nancy E,. Rupprecht
Chair, MTSU Holocaust Studies Program

Words cannot express how blessed I am, to have had the chance to listen to your stories, and all the Pain you have endured. You are a very strong man Ben, and I am truly honored to have been able to meet you. Your are living proof that we can all overcome any obstacles that are thrown in our way. You show us that if we do set goals and have strong determination we can do anything that we work hard for. I would like to thank you for opening up my eyes to many many important things. You, Ben lesser are a true warrior, and I am truly blessed to have met you.

Dlootia Wedzin