Shoah Remembrance Committee Holocaust Book Club Discussion


May 29, 2024    
8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Join the Shoah Remembrance Committee’s Holocaust Book Club for their next book discussion – Defending Britta Stein by Ronald H. Balson.

Wednesday, May 29th
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Blue Room and on TIGN Zoom

A story of bravery, betrayal, and redemption – from the winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Chicago, 2018: Ole Henryks, a popular restauranteur, is set to be honored by the Danish/American Association for his many civic and charitable contributions. Frequently appearing on local TV, he is well known for his actions in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II – most consider him a hero.

Britta Stein, however, does not. The 90-year-old Chicago woman levels public accusations against Henryks by spray-painting “Coward”, “Traitor”, “Collaborator”, and “War Criminal” on the walls of his restaurant. Mrs. Stein is ultimately taken into custody and charged with criminal defacement of property. She also becomes the target of a bitter lawsuit filed by Henryks and his son, accusing her of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Attorney Catherine Lockhart, though hesitant at first, agrees to take up Mrs. Stein’s defense. With the help of her investigator husband, Liam Taggart, Lockhart must reach back into wartime Denmark and locate evidence that proves Mrs. Stein’s innocence. Defending Britta Stein is critically acclaimed author Ronald H. Balson’s thrilling take on a modern-day courtroom drama, and a masterful rendition of Denmark’s wartime heroics.

Please RSVP to Carol Smolinsky at and let us know if you’ll be joining us in person or via zoom and if you need help getting a book.