Adena Astrowsky has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable of our society. She did this by prosecuting child sexual abuse cases and domestic violence cases within the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. She became Maricopa County's expert concerning the prosecution of domestic violence related strangulation cases, and taught extensively on that subject. Adena taught Sunday School at her temple for eight years, with the last two years co-teaching "Character Development Through the Studies of the Holocaust." Once a month Adena volunteers at the local Scottsdale library with her therapy dog, Charlie, as part of the Tail Waggin' Tales Program. Adena has also chaired events to raise money for the Emily Center of Phoenix Children's Hospital. Recently, Adena was recognized for her professional and philanthropic work with an Amazing Woman Award from the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona. Adena's greatest role, however, is as the mother of three very active children. She, and her husband, Brad, are kept very busy with their respective dance, theater, music, and athletic activities.
Adena Bernstein Astrowsky describes an important and tragic chapter in world history in "Living among the Dead." In sharing the story of her grandmother through WWII and the Holocaust, she reminds us that we must remember these experiences so that they are never allowed to happen again. - Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive"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. - Ben Lesser An inspiring story of values and tradition from generation to generation by a granddaughter who has dedicated her life's work to being a prosecutor of victim-crimes. Narrative history of the Holocaust through discussions with her grandmother "Bubbie" who wrote poetry during the Holocaust as well as her thoughts through the years. - Jay Levinsohn ... we find ourselves in a world reeling from a resurgence of hate and violence. Against this backdrop, Adena Bernstein Astrowsky's Living among the Dead can help serve as an important wakeup call. Kudos to Astrowsky, Mania Lichtenstein's granddaughter, for preserving her grandmother's wartime experiences. ... Readers will come away feeling a range of emotions. Mine is of enormous sadness tempered with gratitude and the eternal hope that these lessons are not lost on this and future generations. - Linda F. RadkeLiving among the Dead is another valuable brick in the "never again" wall that demands constant attention and refortification. - Paul M. Howey