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Adena BERNSTEIN astrowsky

Author & Speaker

Adena Bernstein Astrowsky has worked as a government attorney for over twenty years. She is a facilitator with the What You Do Matters - Lessons from the Holocaust program for Law Enforcement. Additionally, Adena serves on the Board of Directors for the AZ Jewish Historical Society. She taught Sunday School at her temple for eight years, and in her last two years she co-taught a class on Holocaust studies. As a writer, Adena regularly contributes articles to MASK Magazine. She was recognized for her professional and philanthropic work with an Amazing Woman Award from the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona. Adena is the mother of three - two children in college and one in her final year of high school.


REcent Events

Adena was honored with a formal invitation by the Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland as a representative of the American Jewish Institutions and communities on a study visit June 22-30, 2024.








Our Educator’s Guide will assist those teaching about the Holocaust by using the book, Living among the Dead. The Guide can be used chapter by chapter to enhance the student’s understanding of the narrative. There are multiple suggestions and lessons to take us deeper into the history of the Holocaust and this story of strength, family love, community solidarity, and Jewish history. Link to order the Educator's Guide:


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Adena Bernstein Astrowsky

Amsterdam Publishers | March 2020

This is the story of one remarkable young woman's unimaginable journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the Second World War, and the aftermath. Mania Lichtenstein’s dramatic story of survival is narrated by her granddaughter and her memories are interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection. Holocaust survivor Mania Lichtenstein used writing as a medium to deal with the traumatic effects of the war.

IAN Book of the Year, Outstanding Non-Fiction 

Readers' Favorite, Gold Medal Winner 

Royal Dragonfly Book Award, First Place Winner

Amazon Bestseller in the following categories:

Jewish Holocaust History

Jewish History

Historical Biographies

High School Books

Now available in Polish & Spanish


I was honored when asked to read and review Adena Astrowsky’s book, Living among the Dead.  What stood out for me is how different this book is from many of the other Holocaust books. I was most impressed with two things: 1) the amount of important documentary information which is often not known or forgotten, and 2) the details about her grandmother’s life in labor camps. I feel it is a very important and well-written book that the world needs to read. As I told Adena, she did a “Mitzvah” (a good deed) for the world by documenting her grandmother’s story in such an excellent way.

Ben Lesser, Holocaust Survivor, Author, Speaker, and Founder of Zachor: Holocaust Remembrance Foundation

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