An Award Winning Published Author
Storyteller at Heart
Roni Rosenthal, PhD, is an award-winning author, the Director of Judaic Studies, and a Language and Literature Professor at the University of Maryland.
Roni is named after her grandfather Aharon, who passed away eight months before her birth.
She believes in communication and empowerment. She believes in giving a voice to those who were unfortunate.
She believes that stories carry greater messages for all of us. "We must give voice to and tell the stories of
those who have been silenced. We must tell, explore, and reveal the truth. No more hiding. No more living in fear."
Roni is a frequent speaker at workshops, Universities, and schools.
Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again - Friddie's Story
Roni Rosenthal is extremely proud and excited to share her latest work. The project might have been a lengthy one, but this was one story that really needed to be told.
Friddie, 18, is an ordinary yet rebellious young Jewish woman, living in Bucharest in the 1930s. Born and raised in Romania’s capital, she dreams of living as a “free Romanian woman.”
After calling off her wedding to a young, parentally-approved accountant, she escapes to a city on the coast, where she meets a scientist-perfumer named Freddy. He is the true love she has been looking for—and a ticket to her dream.
Soon, though, that dream turns into a nightmare she never could have predicted.
Friddie’s story of incredible hardship is interwoven with the stories of her family. We follow her Aunt Rosa’s life as the glue of her household, even though she loses her husband in mysterious circumstances; her Uncle David, who dreams of becoming a schoolteacher and starting a family in Iași, and her cousins, who uproot their lives in Bucharest to start again in Israel.
In this tragic-heroic novel, the true stories, the victims, and the small moments of happiness are revealed in the Danube’s labor camps, under the fascist-dictatorial and communist rule that has been a part of Romania for so many years.
Based on the true experiences of a Jewish Romanian family, Where the Lilacs Bloom Once Again unearths stories that could so easily be lost to the passage of time. This family’s tale has emerged at a critical time, to show the need for compassion and kindness, even in the hardest moments.