Amidst the unspeakable horrors of Hitler’s Concentration Camps, a young German girl finds beauty and love for a man that will span a lifetime.
This story is the true account of Inge Katz; the striking daughter of a successful businessman who meets and falls in love with a handsome fellow inmate. But when he gets shipped “Out East” to a Death Camp,
she goes years not knowing if he is alive or dead. Her love for this man endures against all odds – from Nazi rifles, to starvation, to disease, to assaults of allied fire. But as time passes without word or confirmation of his survival, should she remain loyal, or, as everyone suggests, move on with another?
Launch of German translation in Berlin and Bremen, Germany Dec 2018!
Premiere of musical selections at the event!
The Rock Musical adaptation of the Best-Selling book, Roses in a Forbidden Garden, showcase performances 2018- 19!
Official member of the National Jewish Theatre Foundation
2017 American Book Fest Award Finalist
"Elise captured [her grandparents'] surreal yet completely real romance that gave them hope through the horrors they experienced."
Menachem Rosensaft- General Counsel of the World Jewish Congress
"Roses in a Forbidden Garden is a not-to-be-missed memoir, awesome and awful at the time. It tells the inspiring story of how love and faith can be nurtured in the most horrific of situations and even ultimately triumph."
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin- Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone and Chief Rabbi of Efrat.
"Roses in a Forbidden Garden is an inspiring book. Inge and Schmuel fall in love and dare to dream in a place where death reigns. It is a story of the triumph of human dignity that provides the perfect antidote to the nihilistic hate of Nazism."
Doron Ben-Atar- Author and Professor at Fordham University, New York City.
"Giving voice to her grandmother's experience, Roses in a Forbidden Garden reveals the very humanity Nazism sought to destroy. Deeply personal, tragic, sad and hopeful, Roses invites us to respectfully "overhear" the everyday hopes and fears of those trying to survive. Beautifully written, Roses allows us to respectfully mourn what was lost while offering numerous moments when keeping the moral core trumped despair. It is a life-giving account lovingly passed on through the generations."
Thomas White- Coordinator of Educational Outreach, Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
"We can never learn enough from survivors about their efforts to resist dehumanization during the Holocaust. The story of Inge Katz's experiences in Theresienstadt is an extraordinarily fine edition to the genre, as it includes three remarkable profiles- that of her father, who's integrity helps save lives, that of her efforts to stay sane in an utterly unnatural setting, and that of the man she later married whose adventures as an escaped prisoner attest to the power of love to help keep one going. Taken together the profiles underline our ability even in extremes to take and keep to the High Road."
Professor Arthur B. Shostak- PhD Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Drexel University.
"This book is an important historical document in every way. Even if you do not have personal access to the family of Carl Katz, it describes the life of a Bremen family under Nazi tyranny."
Thomas Hesslau- Entrepreneur, Bremen, Germany
Ranked #7 on the Best Love Story in Books List by reviewtap.com!
Dec 2019: Renaming of SZ Neustadt Schule in Bremen, Germany to the Inge Katz Schule !!!
Follow up book to Roses to be released late 2020!!!