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Two Authors to Speak at Westfield Memorial Library About Holocaust and Identity Theft

 On Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., author Miriam Dobin will speak about her book, “I Am Because of You,” a second-generation Holocaust memoir, and David B. Watts, author of “Accidental PI: a Private Investigator's Fifty Year Search for the Facts,” will speak about How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

In “I Am Because of You,” a deeply personal story, second generation Holocaust survivor Miriam Dobin will share the story behind her family who barely survived the Holocaust, her memories of her parents and the aunt and uncle who later raised her, and the journey to Auschwitz Concentration Camp where her family members were imprisoned.

In visiting her parents’ hometown in Slovakia and Western Ukraine, she was stunned to find a neighbor of her parents who remembered the past in great detail. She will share the pain of her family, her visit to Auschwitz, as well as the joy and perseverance. The story is about survival and hope.

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Ms. Dobin has worked as an Early Childhood educator for over 20 years. She graduated from Yeshiva University Stern College for Women with a degree in Education and currently serves as the Head Teacher in the Early Childhood division of a local school.  She has taught Holocaust Studies to middle school students and is deeply committed to furthering her knowledge of this period in history.

In 2015 she wrote her well-received memoir, I am because of you, which is part of the collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft is a comprehensive study of identity theft—not just a discussion of credit card fraud. It includes tips to limit your risk and what to do if you become a victim. This is an up-to-date, provocative, and honest look behind the curtain at identity theft. It takes up where the news leaves off.

Speaker David Watts, born and raised in Central NJ, specializes in fraud and business investigations His career started in his twenties as a Plainfield, New Jersey patrolman, then detective, and County Investigator, which ultimately took him into the private investigation field.  His work has taken him across the country and the globe and even into the board rooms of the Fortune 500.  Now in his seventies, Watts has written it all down —the good, the bad and the ugly, no-holds-barred — and he continues to take on cases. 

Accidental P.I. offers a sneak peek into the four-decade career of a real-life private investigator. Watts characterizes his book as a fast-paced, rollicking look inside the life of a policeman and detective, and a detailed, vivid glimpse into the turbulent sixties. Watts adds, “The many real-life private investigation cases I describe in the book can’t help but raise some eyebrows, as well!”

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) Register for the Memoir program here, register for Identity Theft here, or visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day and June 2 for a Staff Education Day.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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