"Kati and Willi Salcers’ resilience in the face of terror demonstrates how nothing can stop us from living our lives. They are the definition of inspiration."
Philanthropist, and the World’s #1 Life and Business Strategist
Advisor to Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams
“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.”
"This timely book narrates a deeply moving love story in the face of profound survival. The audacity of the story and its characters—and the palpable suspense one derives from reading about them in ‘real-time’—left me breathless. Rarely—if ever—have I read a story about the Holocaust that left me wanting more, as this book does. As a carefully composed, eloquently written narrative about the Holocaust, the book is a monumental tribute to the victims. But on its own, it stands alongside the most evocative and riveting tales told about the persistence of love in the face of terror. Its multi-directionality makes it essential reading for our time."
Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Affiliated Professor, University of Haifa
Co-Director, Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium
"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."
FMR President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
FMR Project Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
FMR Deputy Director of the President's Commission on the Holocaust.
D.Z. Stone is a journalist with academic training in cultural anthropology. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Newsday. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she holds a Masters from Columbia University. She resides outside of New York City.