Friday, June 22, 2018

I TOO AM AN IMMIGRANT by Patricia Friedberg



Why do I write every day about the situation on the border? Because it has brought back memories of my childhood in London.  When war broke out parents were urged to evacuate their children.  My mother took me to the main station where hundreds, maybe thousands, of parents stood in line waiting to place their child on a train that would take them, well they didn't know where, for safety.  I had an air raid mask in a box and a Teddy Bear - I think my mother had a small suit case packed with my clothes.  Parents were crying, children hanging on to them, guards with green flags urging us ever forward.  Train after train left and then we reached the platform, that train, that train coming in, puffing white smelly smoke slowly arrived and stopped.  That was my train. We followed the guard with the green flag - we reached the intended carriage - and then something happened.  My mother lifted me into her arms, turned round and pushed her way back, through the crowds, through the police line, through the gate and into the open air.  Years later I asked her why she wouldnt let me go.  She answered - 'you were my child, you belonged with your family whatever the circumstances, you were too young to be separated from me and I could not go with you.' 

And so I spent six years of that war in London - it wasn't pleasant and often I was scared, but I had my family, my grandparents, my mother and most of my cousins. My mother made that decision and now I know why.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wishing You the Joy of the Season and ...

                                                                  Every Wish
                                                    for 
                                 Love, Peace, Health, Happiness 
                                                   and 
                                       Fulfillment in 2018

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A TIME TO CELEBRATE ZIMBABWE... 37 Years under the Dictator Robert Mugabe comes to an end



Upcoming book JOURNEY FROM THE JACARANDAS by Patricia Friedberg tells the story of those early years and its impact on the then Rhodesians as the country sought its independence to become Zimbabwe and its decline under the rule of dictator Robert Mugabe.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

PAUL MAZE Works and Plaque in BLENHEIM PALACE - Birthplace of Winston Churchill

CELEBRATED ARTIST PAUL MAZE - leading character in 21 ALDGATE


WINSTON CHURCHILL'S TRIBUTE TO ARTISTS WHO INFLUENCED HIS LOVE OF PAINTING
THREE PAGES by PAUL MAZE

courtesy of SANDRA SAWYER 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

21 ALDGATE BOOK TALK /TEMPLE ADATH YESHURUN, SYRACUSE, New York

Sunday JUNE 4th 1-3PM

An interesting and rewarding afternoon.

Dear Patricia Friedberg,
Thank you so much for including our Temple Adath Yeshurun HAZAK group in your demanding schedule.  The feedback that we have received regarding your warm, humorous, and engaging presentation has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are so excited about the prospect of seeing your upcoming 21 Aldgate mini-series!  

Again, thank you.  

Sincerely,
Marcia Mizruchi, corresponding secretary
Temple Adath Yeshurun HAZAK


Thursday, June 1, 2017






Meet the Author Patricia Friedberg MAY 12th 2017 Charlotte, NC Edit


Thank You JCC of Charlotte, North Carolina OASIS Group for a wonderful luncheon and for the chance to meet with and discuss the 1930’s and the buildup to WWII, the period of history in which Friedberg’s novel 21 ALDGATE is set. All good wishes to the members of the OASIS Group and the excellent staff of Charlotte’s beautiful Jewish Community Center.


Friday, April 28, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS Patricia Friedberg Beginning the SUMMER BOOK TOUR & BOOK SIGNING


MEET THE AUTHOR in CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

FRIDAY, MAY12th  at 1:00 PM

SANDRA and LEON LEVINE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
5007 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
USA

and

MEET THE AUTHOR in SYRACUSE, NEW YORK 

SUNDAY, JUNE 4th at 1:00 PM

TEMPLE ADATH YESHURUN
450 Kimber Road
Syracuse, NY 13224


Monday, March 27, 2017

The REALITY OF THE JOURNEY FROM BOOK TO FILM ... A TYPICAL EXAMPLE -"The ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE" took TEN (10) YEARS

THE ZOOKEEPER"S WIFE by Diane Ackerman was published in 2007. 
In September 2010, it was announced that Angela Workman was adapting Diane Ackerman's 
non-fiction book The Zookeeper's Wife. 

April 30, 2013 the actors and director were attached.  


 August 24, 2015, Focus Features acquired the US rights to the film, and cast signed on.

Filming

Filming of the animals to be used in the film began - September 9, 2015., 

Actual Principal Photography with actors began- September 29, 2015, in PragueCzech Republic


Filming ended - November 29, 2015.


Editing and post-production 2015-2017

Release

The world premiere took place at the Cinequest Film Festival on March 12, 2017.]

The film was released on March 31, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR of 21 ALDGATE. Patricia Friedberg

In 21 Aldgate I tell the story of a family and their experiences in the 1930’s leading up to World War 2. Now in 2017 I see too many parallels to those years. What I couldn’t remember for the novel I researched. I read the rhetoric of the British politicians, Neville Chamberlain’s na├»ve words. “…there will be peace in our time.” I shuddered at the way Hitler and his cohorts made promises and never kept them except for his intention of wiping out the Jews. I can’t help likening it to a reply to President Trump’s statement re Isis, that he supports killing innocent people and committing war even if it results in the deaths of innocent women and children. Hitler had no regard for basic principles of humanitarian law and neither does Donald Trump. We have a government of self interest Republicans who haven’t yet had the guts to stand up to a dictator and his advisers. I suggest they go back to their history books and see how the Third Reich accomplished their endeavors before we become the Fourth.

Monday, March 6, 2017

A MUST READ AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME IN AMERICA...


…Lest we not learn from History


21 ALDGATE by Patricia Friedberg based on true-life characters and events.


Set in London, England in the 1930’s during the build-up and into World War II 


21 ALDGATE is the story of CLARA LEVY a strong, independent and inspirational woman, whose drive, determination and courage sets her apart from her generation of women.

CLARA LEVY a young women from London’s East End finds employment as
assistant to Artist PAUL MAZE in the writing of his memoir.

A few miles away from her family’s flat at 21 ALDGATE in the East End is 14 Cheyne Walk, home to the wealthy, successful and charismatic Paul Maze. A distance of only a few miles, yet in 1930 London, a social divide virtually impossible to imagine, let alone cross…

And so begins a journey for Clara, every day a few miles on the bus, every day a little further from Aldgate and her family.

CLARA assists MAZE in the writing of his memoir:  A FRENCHMAN IN KHAKI , by PAUL MAZE, William Heinemann, LTD., London, England 1934.  She is introduced to the society Maze moves in, the privilege he enjoys and despite the prejudice she encounters a passion grows between them.

                                                      1930


Paul Maze DCM MM (1887-1979) (Pronounced Mars)
Often called the last of the Impressionists, Maze had a reputation as one of the great artists of his generation. He was born in 1887 into an artistic circle in Le Havre, where the young Maze learned the rudiments of painting from family friends that included Renoir, Monet, Dufy and Pissarro. His father, a tea merchant, sent him to school in Southampton where he began a life long love affair with all things English. On the outbreak of War, the sight of the Scots Greys disembarking at Le Havre inspired him to sign up immediately as their interpreter. A brave and highly decorated soldier, Maze was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal and bar; he sketched continually throughout the Great War, his pencil and paper never far from his bayonet.

During this time he encountered Winston Churchill and a mutual interest in painting led to a lifelong friendship, often with Maze acting as Winston’s artistic mentor.



1979