Just two days prior to Zamperini’s death David Rensin, the brother of TBA’s own Joe Rensin, completed a marvelous book, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In with this great hero. This companion book to an earlier book, Devil at My Heels, was another collaboration between Rensin and Zamperini, with the first book being more of a straight-forward biography, and the latter a collection of life lessons and self-help guidance from a man filled with wisdom.
With the release of Unbroken at the end of 2014 much attention has been focused on Zamperini, and many who never heard of his remarkable life have now been exposed to an American story which needed to be not only told, but heard. His story of perseverance and faith are an inspiration to everyone, and resonates for people of all ages.
His years of brutal captivity and survival against the odds remind us of our people’s experiences during the Shoah/Holocaust. Nazi and Japanese camps were places of constant death and torture. Zamperini had an interesting intersection with a great Jewish athlete, teammate Marty Glickman, who unlike Zamperini, was not allowed by the USA coaches to compete at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics. Zamperini’s testimony is part of a great documentary Glickman, available on HBO.
David Rensin will be speaking at Temple Beth Ami on January 11th at 5 pm. He will be reflecting on his experiences with Zamperini, answering questions and signing copies of both books, which will be available for purchase. The event is free of charge, open to all ages and Temple members and non-members alike.
Don’t miss this chance to hear Louie Zamperini’s incredible story from the man he entrusted to be his own life chronicler.