An Evening with Peter Wiesner

Please join the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome Peter Wiesner to the Newtown Bookshop on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30pm!  Peter will be speaking about his book, "Bipolar Refugee"!

This is a FREE EVENT and will be held at the new location of the Newtown Bookshop!


In 1939, Mary Krotoczynski left Berlin on the Kindertransport while her parents remained to perish in the Holocaust. In this memoir, her son chronicles her courageous struggles as a refugee, first in England and postwar Germany, and then in America.

Mary fought to build a new life after losing her family and homeland as she bravely coped with bipolar disorder and the inequities related to social status and gender.

Her own words and the memories of those who loved her are part of the story. They add to our understanding of the diverse and complex problems faced by Holocaust survivors and their descendants.


Peter Wiesner was born in South Croydon, England, spent his childhood in both East and West Berlin, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1954, settling in Santa Monica, California. In 1967, he received a degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley and earned  a master’s in communication from the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a doctorate in education from Rutgers University, with a focus on distance education and instructional design, he worked for several educational institutions from 1974 to 1984, and then spent five years at Rutgers University as a television producer . From 1989 to 2013, he was an educator at IEEE, an international professional association for electrical and computer engineers, where he directed publications and educational programs for member outreach and continuing education, including software, educational standards, courseware and video programs for engineers and the general public. His lifetime interest in films led him to produce numerous television documentaries on social, technological as well as environmental issues pertaining to green engineering and sustainability on a global scale. In recent years, he has focused on writing and art projects. His debut novel was  Xtremus (Montag Press, 2015), a dystopian sci-fi satire about the demise of high technology resulting from technological overreach. His latest projects focused on his mother’s struggles as a Holocaust refugee and other topics related to the Holocaust. Since 1980, he and his wife, Linda, have lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They have two married sons and five grandchildren.


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Newtown Bookshop
2120 S. Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Bipolar Refugee: A Saga of Survival and Resilience By Peter Wiesner Cover Image
ISBN: 9789493276956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amsterdam Publishers - September 1st, 2023