Oct. 18, 2020

Box of Remains

Box of Remains

My special guest tonight is author Deborah Vadas Levison who's here to discuss how her parents peaceful life after the holocaust was shattered by a grizzly discovery under their home. Get the book.



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After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust—in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps—a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories.

That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary. Poking around the dark crawl space beneath their cottage, they discover a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and almost hidden from view. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror of the crate’s contents—or how the peace and tranquility of their lives would be shattered.

Now, their daughter, Deborah Vadas Levison, an award-winning journalist, tells the extraordinary account of her parents’ ordeals, both in one of the darkest times in world history and their present-day lives. Written in searing, lyrical prose, The Crate: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice examines man’s seemingly limitless capacity for evil . . . but also, his capacity for good.

“An impressive and important piece of work. I’m glad it was written, and I’m glad I read it.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A gut-punch, hitting you broadside with such harrowing moments that you have to put the book down and take a breath.”—James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Deborah Vadas Levison

Special Guest

My life has two parts: the first in Canada, where I grew up, and the second in Connecticut, where I’ve lived for the past twenty years. Both places feel like home, and in both I’ve been lucky enough to pursue my passion: story-telling. Maybe it all started one summer night as I sat by a camp bonfire, listening to a counselor tell The Monkey’s Paw… I was hooked.

Back in Toronto, I attended the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. I penned the travel column for a national newspaper before working in public relations, liaising with press, foreign diplomats, corporate investors and the public.

Since relocating to Connecticut I’ve been published in local, regional and national media, both as a director at a communications firm and as a freelance writer, earning an Award of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists.

I’ve been involved with many charitable projects throughout my community, for which I am proud to have received the prestigious A. O. Samuels Young Leadership Award.

In all this time I don’t think I’ve ever walked into a bookstore without aching, down to my very bones, to see my first book on a shelf. THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice is a life-long dream come true.