ONLINE“What They Didn’t Burn”: Conversation With Mel Laytner

Top Pick July 12, 2022 Brookline Free
Mel Laytner (Courtesy photo)

What They Didn’t Burn: Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secrets” is a dogged reporter’s quest, a son’s revelation and a father’s unlikely Holocaust saga—confirmed by the Nazis themselves. Unearthing damning documents the Nazis didn’t burn, and chasing after hidden diamonds, author Mel Laytner melds the intimacy of personal memoir with the rigors of investigative journalism to write a Holocaust book for new generations that Kirkus calls, “A scrupulously researched and dramatic remembrance.”

Join us for a conversation with investigative journalist and author Mel Laytner, taking place in-person and on Zoom. A book signing will follow the in-person event.

Growing up, Laytner saw his quiet, introspective father as a conventional Type B. As he discovers the documents the Nazis didn’t burn, another man emerges—a black market ringleader and wily camp survivor who made his own luck. At a time when the Holocaust itself risks becoming a cliché, how do we show the truth to younger generations further and further removed from the war? Laytner lets the Nazis do it.

The Nazi paper trail tracks Josef “Dolek” Lajtner from home to ghettos, slave labor, concentration camps, death marches and more. In corroborating his more unbelievable stories, the tattered papers also corroborate the stories of Lajtner’s camp comrades, those who survived…and those who did not. “What They Didn’t Burn” is also an inspirational story of resilience and redemption, of desperate refugees turned hopeful immigrants rebuilding shattered lives in America.


  • 7 p.m.: Doors open for seating; books available for purchase
  • 7:30 p.m.: Welcome by Shari Lecker, member of KI Board of Trustees
  • 7:35 p.m.: Author presentation
  • 7:45 p.m.: Q&A with Mel Laytner, moderated by Anna Winestein, director of programs
  • 8:30 p.m.: Book signing
  • 9 p.m. Event ends

+ More... - Less...
Fact Sheet
Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
384 Harvard St
384 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

CJP provides the above links concerning third-party events for your convenience only. CJP has no control over the content of the linked-to websites or events they describe, and accepts no responsibility for the websites, including any advertising or products or services on or available from such sites, or for any loss or damage that may arise from your attending, or registering to attend, the described events. If you decide to access any of the third-party websites linked to below, you do so entirely at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such websites and event attendance. CJP is not responsible or liable to you or any third party for the content or accuracy of any materials provided by any third parties. All statements and/or opinions expressed in the linked-to materials or at the described events, and all commentary, articles and other content provided at the third-party websites or at the events, are solely the opinions and the responsibility of the persons or entities operating the linked-to websites and events. The inclusion of any link on this website does not imply that CJP endorses the described event, or the linked-to website or its operator. MORE

More From...

More In...

More At...