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Dean Cycon—Life After Auschwitz

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Dean Cycon is an author, lawyer, human rights advocate and internationally renowned social entrepreneur. His debut novel, Finding Home, released last June. We talked about this tale of survivors of Auschwitz returning to their former town following World War II, why Jews in Hungary had a slightly different experience from those in other European countries, how Dean incorporated the perspective of the bystander into his story, and the role that music played in this novel. We also discussed how and why Dean turned from his former pursuits and began writing novels.

Here is a description of Finding Home:

The war is over, but hatred has not surrendered.

Eighteen-year-old Eva Fleiss clung to sanity during nine months in Auschwitz by playing piano on imaginary keyboards. After liberation, Eva and the five remaining Jews of Laszlo, Hungary, journey to their hometown, seeking to restart their lives.

Yet the town that deported them is not ready to embrace their return. Their homes and businesses are legally in the hands of former neighbors and friends, who resist relinquishing their new-found wealth and status. Eva longs to pursue her dream of being a concert pianist, all that remains of her past life. She is forced to clean her own home in exchange for practice time on the piano. Her profound experiences in Auschwitz allow Eva to access music at a depth she did not know existed. Her performances begin to affect those around her, with unexpected consequences.

Purchase Finding Home on Amazon (affiliate).

Check out Dean’s website, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

To enter the GIVEAWAY of Dean’s novel, sign up for both Dean’s mailing list and my mailing list by Sunday, February 11. (Instructions below).

  • Subscribe to Dean’s mailing list “Dispatches from Dean” by going to this link and scrolling to the bottom of the page to enter your email.
  • Subscribe to my mailing list here.
  • Then email me at alison@alisontreat.com to let me know that you subscribed!
  • Deadline: Sunday, February 11 at midnight (Eastern Time)
  • We’ll email you if you’re the winner!

Other ways you can help the show:

Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook!

Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website.

Follow the show on Instagram!

Purchase Alison’s historical novel, One Traveler (affiliate).

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you click an affiliate link and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!

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Dean Cycon is an author, lawyer, human rights advocate and internationally renowned social entrepreneur. His debut novel, Finding Home, released last June. We talked about this tale of survivors of Auschwitz returning to their former town following World War II, why Jews in Hungary had a slightly different experience from those in other European countries, how Dean incorporated the perspective of the bystander into his story, and the role that music played in this novel. We also discussed how and why Dean turned from his former pursuits and began writing novels.

Here is a description of Finding Home:

The war is over, but hatred has not surrendered.

Eighteen-year-old Eva Fleiss clung to sanity during nine months in Auschwitz by playing piano on imaginary keyboards. After liberation, Eva and the five remaining Jews of Laszlo, Hungary, journey to their hometown, seeking to restart their lives.

Yet the town that deported them is not ready to embrace their return. Their homes and businesses are legally in the hands of former neighbors and friends, who resist relinquishing their new-found wealth and status. Eva longs to pursue her dream of being a concert pianist, all that remains of her past life. She is forced to clean her own home in exchange for practice time on the piano. Her profound experiences in Auschwitz allow Eva to access music at a depth she did not know existed. Her performances begin to affect those around her, with unexpected consequences.

Purchase Finding Home on Amazon (affiliate).

Check out Dean’s website, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

To enter the GIVEAWAY of Dean’s novel, sign up for both Dean’s mailing list and my mailing list by Sunday, February 11. (Instructions below).

  • Subscribe to Dean’s mailing list “Dispatches from Dean” by going to this link and scrolling to the bottom of the page to enter your email.
  • Subscribe to my mailing list here.
  • Then email me at alison@alisontreat.com to let me know that you subscribed!
  • Deadline: Sunday, February 11 at midnight (Eastern Time)
  • We’ll email you if you’re the winner!

Other ways you can help the show:

Join the Historical Fiction: Unpacked Podcast Group on Facebook!

Be sure to visit my Instagram, Facebook, and website.

Follow the show on Instagram!

Purchase Alison’s historical novel, One Traveler (affiliate).

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you click an affiliate link and make a purchase, you help support my work without paying any more for the product. Thank you for your support!

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