The Never Told Story of the Missing Holocaust Labor Camp 

 A Holocaust Survivor's struggle to verify her story of forced labor in a place no one believe existed! 

An evening with author DZ Stone, son of Kati & Willi Ron Salcer and holocaust expert Dr. Holli Levitsky  

THURSDAY, December 5th at 7:30pm 

At the Jewish Community Center

 2108 Vail Ave. Redondo Beach, CA

VIP Meet & Greet: $75

Regular Ticket: $25 

Students: $10

 When Holocaust Survivor Kati Salcer told her story about the giant underground munitions factory near the German town of Hessisch Lichtenau, no one believed her not even her husband, himself a Holocaust Survivor. There was no historical record that such a place ever existed. But biographer DZ Stone believed Kati Salcer and was determined to find the factory that 'didn't exist'. A long search led her to German history teacher Dr. Dieter Vaupel who had spent his life uncovering the never told secrets of Hessisch Lichtenau. DZ Stone chronicled the history and verified Kati's story in NO PAST TENSE, which is based on more than 100 hours of interviews and is the Salcer's personal story of survival and resilience.

Based on Newly Released Holocaust Biography NO PAST TENSE

Chosen as one of the '9 Best Holocaust Biography Books of All Time' by Book Authority


Praise for No Past Tense: Love and Survival in the Shadow of the Holocaust

"In this beautifully written book, D.Z. Stone truly captures William and Katarina’s voices, giving each their own distinct story yet weaving them together in such a manner that much as the long married couple they were, William or Katarina complete each other’s sentences. Stone shows how they responded to the Holocaust not by looking back but by spiraling forward."

--Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute, America Jewish University and former President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and Project Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

"From prewar Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz and Mauthausen, and from pre-State Israel to New York City, the journey of Willi and Kati Salcer is an unforgettable testimony of resiliency and reinvention. Once I began reading, I could not put this book down, and details of the Salcers’ journeys will stay with me for a long time. NO PAST TENSE deserves a place on the bookshelf with classic Holocaust memoirs."

--Amy Gottlieb, Author, The Beautiful Possible


  • Occurred Thursday, December 5th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm


Jewish Community Center

2108 Vail Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Redondo Beach, CA 90278


Jewish Community Center