Joanne D. Gilbert

Author | Educator | Speaker

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[vc_row fullwidth=”yes” top_margin=”0″ bottom_margin=”0″ css=”.vc_custom_1467211743313{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” background_color=”#ffffff”][vc_column animation=”fade-in” css=”.vc_custom_1467299366330{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”REMARKABLE TRUE STORIES OF FEMALE ANTI-NAZI DEFIANCE” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:26px|text_align:center|color:%23d62a1e|line_height:28px” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20italic%3A700%3Aitalic” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fabout-author%2F|title:About%20Joanne”][spacer height=”10px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Join Joanne in Learning about—and Celebrating—
the Indomitable Young Women and Girls
Who Successfully Defied the Nazis.
The Legacy of Their Courage
Still Brings Light to the Darkness” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:24px|text_align:center|color:%233300cc|line_height:28px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fabout-author%2F|title:About%20Joanne”][spacer height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Join Joanne D. Gilbert as she finds, interviews, celebrates, 
and shares the remarkable true stories of . . .

WOMEN OF VALOR:

Female Resisters to the THIRD REICH

As combat partisans in the forests, spies, couriers, code-breakers, smugglers, nurses, translators, and rescuers of Jewish children and adults, these women show that the Jews did not “go silently like sheep to the slaughter.”[/vc_column_text][spacer height=”20px”][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1298″ img_size=”127×150″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”“Notice how the flame from a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.“
– Anne Frank” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:22px” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20italic%3A700%3Aitalic” css=”.vc_custom_1647454249631{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Informative and Inspiring Topics to Meet Your Group’s Needs” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:28px|text_align:center|color:%23ed1f00|line_height:30px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647390623840{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_custom_heading text=”*Teaching Materials Available” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20px|text_align:center|color:%23ed1f00|line_height:22px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393841918{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][spacer height=”5px”][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1072″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”WOMEN OF VALOR:
Polish Jewish Resisters to
The Third Reich” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393458932{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

This award-winning narrative-non-fiction book is based on Joanne’s extensive research and interviews with elderly women, whose true stories show that the Jewish People did not go, “silently like sheep to the slaughter.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1073″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”A VICTORY FOR MIRIAM!
The Little Jewish Girl Who
Defied the Nazis” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393707808{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

Co-written with Child Holocaust Survivor, Miriam M. Brysk, Ph.D,, whose true story of her time living in the brutal forest with combat partisans provides a new and inspiring perspective on the role of children in anti-Nazi Resistance.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1032″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”Introduction to
Antisemitism in Jewish History
Pre-1920″ font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393499887{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

Learn about the origins of antisemitism, the Diaspora,
The Spanish Inquisition, the origins of ghettos, pogroms, the devastation of WWI, and the rise of the Third Reich.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1029″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”The Basics of Holocaust History
1919-1945″ font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393522432{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

From the Versailles Treaty, to the Depression, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, learn about the historic, political, religious, and economic conditions and events that contributed to the development of Nazism.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1076″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”Commemorating
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising:
April 19, 1943″ font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393546810{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

Learn about the heroism of the remarkable Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Ringelblum Archive. Join the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews’ annual “Daffodil Day” campaign to commemorate this historic event.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1030″ alignment=”center”][vc_custom_heading text=”Recovering the Lost
Mezuzahs of Poland” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%232e22e2|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647393724080{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

During the close to 1,000 years that the Jewish People have lived in the region now known as Poland, their homes’ doorposts have been graced by Mezuzahs. Learn what happened to these precious Mezuzahs during and after the Holocaust.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][spacer height=”2px”][vc_custom_heading text=”Be Inspired by True Stories” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:34px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647451757925{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}”][vc_custom_heading text=”of Courage, Resilience, and Victory” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:20px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:24px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20italic%3A700%3Aitalic”][vc_btn title=”Book a Presentation” style=”custom” custom_background=”#27b33b” custom_text=”#ffffff” shape=”round” size=”lg” align=”center” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fcontact%2F|title:Contact||”][spacer height=”10px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Presentations Designed for Your Specific Audience” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:28px|text_align:center|color:%23ed1f00|line_height:30px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647398474419{margin-bottom: 10px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][spacer height=”10px”][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][image_frame url=”1097″ class=”hb-aligncenter”][vc_custom_heading text=”Community Groups” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647394499211{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

From churches to book clubs, retirement communities, Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, genealogy groups, and international conferences, Joanne’s popular presentations never fail to engage and inspire her audiences.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][image_frame url=”1096″ class=”hb-aligncenter”][vc_custom_heading text=”Jewish Organizations” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:25px” google_fonts=”font_family:Yanone%20Kaffeesatz%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647394529397{margin-top: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″]

From Limmud Days of Learning, Sisterhood Luncheons, Jewish Community Centers and Synagogues, audiences have responded to Joanne’s presentations with enthusiasm and appreciation.

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From Middle School through College, educators and their students have invited Joanne to return again and again to show her ever-changing, dynamic presentations about Anti-Nazi Defiance.

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In partnership with the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center, Joanne conducts training workshops for teachers who want to incorporate Holocaust Education into their various curricula.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][spacer height=”1px”][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes”][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][vc_column_text css_animation=”none” el_class=”hb-max-80″][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Book Reviews” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:36px|text_align:center|color:%23ed1f00|line_height:40px” google_fonts=”font_family:Playfair%20Display%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal” css=”.vc_custom_1647453052701{margin-top: 25px !important;}” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fpresentation-topics%2F|title:Presentation%20Topics”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”30px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”WOMEN OF VALOR” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:24px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:26px” google_fonts=”font_family:Caudex%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”Polish Jewish Resisters to the THIRD REICH” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:22px” google_fonts=”font_family:Caudex%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20italic%3A700%3Aitalic”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_btn title=”Download Excerpt” style=”custom” custom_background=”#27b33b” custom_text=”#ffffff” size=”lg” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F04%2FWOV-Excerpt.pdf|title:Women%20of%20Valor|target:_blank”][vc_column_text]Women of Valor: Polish Jewish Resisters to the Third Reich

Well-researched and Powerful . . .

“Gilbert immerses readers in the lives of her interviewees; photographs and helpful notes that provide historical background are interspersed throughout . . . Taken together, these recollections are intensely personal and thoughtfully compiled—richly descriptive of the women’s day-to-day experiences during the war while also providing historical context . . .   Well-researched and powerful; challenges readers to consider the heroism and struggles of women’s resistance.” — Kirkus Reviews

The journey that you will share in this book is well worth the efforts of the writer, the Survivor, and exceedingly valuable for you, their cherished readers . . .

“That these women defied the odds and survived is a tribute to their ability to maintain their humanity despite the overpowering forces that were determined to destroy them. They refused to be passive.” — Rabbi Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D, Professor, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, California 

A book that had to be written . . .

“That Gilbert has so sensitively and effectively captured the voice and spirit of each these extraordinary women, is an achievement worthy of praise.” —Charles Silow, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Director: Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit’s Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families 

A story that is little known and incredibly inspiring . . .

“They stood up to the greatest evil of the 20th century . . . Joanne Gilbert has told us their stories with love, verve, insight, and thorough research.”—Michael Green, Ph.D, Author, Professor, University Nevada/Las Vegas

 Cinematically written, a page-turner, humbling . . .

“Utterly engaging and spellbinding mini-biographies of four indelible women, each of whom experienced a lifetime of tragedy and triumph . . .  ‘You Are There’ is a boast few writers could live up to; Ms. Gilbert lives up to it, in spades.” —Jeff Lipsky, Filmmaker

[/vc_column_text][spacer height=”10px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”A VICTORY FOR MIRIAM!” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:24px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:26px” google_fonts=”font_family:Caudex%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_custom_heading text=”The Little Jewish Girl Who Defied The Nazis!” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%230000c0|line_height:22px” google_fonts=”font_family:Caudex%3Aregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic|font_style:700%20bold%20italic%3A700%3Aitalic”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_btn title=”Download Excerpt” style=”custom” custom_background=”#27b33b” custom_text=”#ffffff” size=”lg” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjoannedgilbert.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F04%2FA-Victory-for-Miriam-Sample-Chapter.pdf|title:A%20Victory%20for%20Miriam!|target:_blank”][vc_column_text]A Victory for Miriam!

An absolutely wonderful book!

“As a teacher, a mother, and a student of Holocaust History, I love the readability and honesty of this book. I highly recommend it for teachers, parents and grandparents, and students, from 6th to 12th grade—and beyond.”— Sara Melvin, Certified Holocaust Educator, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada

A vivid and compelling account!

“Engages readers of all ages as it reveals the true story of the underground resistance and how it included Jews of all ages . . . meticulously researched . . . immerses the reader in Miriam’s life of constant turmoil, defiance, adaptation, and survival . . .”  — Laura Engel Sahr, MA Retired, New York State Education Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

A Victory for Miriam! resonates with a rare and honest view of Jews who fought the Nazis—and survived!

“Shows how children were as deeply affected by the war as were adults. Miriam’s sharing of her story is a gift to all of us.”  — Berna Heyman, MLS, Author, Associate Dean of University Libraries College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Miriam’s Holocaust “victory,” and her many subsequent victories, sweep the reader into a lifelong journey that truly inspires.

A Victory for Miriam! engages the reader by effectively conveying vivid memories of war from the clear-eyed perspective of a child . . .  It provides a model for overcoming tragedy. . .”  — Regina Lederman, Ph.D Professor Emeritus, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX

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