LOOKING BACK: Holocaust survivor’s rise to fame

Dorit Oliver-Wolff
Dorit Oliver-Wolff

Eastbourne author Dorit Oliver-Wolff will launch her book about her journey from Holocaust survivor to international singing sensation this weekend.

Dorit has penned the book, From Yellow Star to Pop Star and will be signing copies at the launch.

She is a regular on the speaker circuit talking about her experience and has won several awards for her achievements.

Described as an inspirational story of survival and success, it follows her life from a four-year-old girl when she sang and danced in front of the future king of Yugoslavia.

By six-years-old Dorit was in hiding from German soldiers who were rounding up and transporting her fellow Jews to concentration camps around Europe.

Years of terror followed with narrow escapes from capture and bombing raids plus betrayals from those she thought were her friends until at last she and her mother were rescued from a basement flat they were hiding in.

She says singing helped her survive those dark days.

But the Holocaust is only part of Dorit’s story. After the war, stateless and without papers, she joined a touring dance troupe in order to be allowed to travel.

She studied by day and sang and danced in seedy clubs by night until she was spotted by a talent scout.

The publishers, Red Door, says, “Tense, moving and inspirational, Dorit’s remarkable story moves the reader through fear and horror to freedom and joy and shows how the bravery and fortitude of one little Jewish girl helped her survive the Holocaust and become a star.”

The book, which is available on Amazon and can be ordered from all bookshops, will be launched at the Over 50s Show at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on Saturday and Sunday May 30 and 31.

Dorit, who lives in Eastbourne with her husband, will also give talks throughout the weekend and be signing copies of her book.

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