Welcome to Heppnerbooks
I’m Max Amichai Heppner, and I welcome you to my website. I like meeting like-minded people and this website will show you ideas, thoughts and feelings I like to share.
I believe all paths lead toward the good, and my objective is to lead friends down that path. I have discovered that people like to tell the story of their life, but many miss the significance inside the story. I lead them to discover the nuggets of wisdom hidden inside each life; after extracting these nuggets, I help people record them and pass them on as a legacy to the next generation. I call myself the “Wisdom Keeper” and encourage others to join the club.
I also record my history and thoughts in other ways: I write books and help others write ringing autobiographies. I prepare videos and slideshows. I make colorful albums with expressive captions–all ways to preserve the meaning of my life and that of others.
My first published book, “I Live in a Chickenhouse,” tells of my escape from the ghetto in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, and my being saved by a loving Catholic farm family in the south of the country. Versions of the book are available in English, Dutch, German, and Hebrew. A Swiss playwright also turned it into a theater play, and an English version of the play, also titled, “I Live in a Chickenhouse,” is looking for a producer, playwright, or actor to put it on stage. One gripping story from the book is in the works as a feature film, and I am looking for a producer to turn my concept into a hit movie.
I also tell the story of my survival in a documentary video titled “Rediscovering My Childhood,” available as a DVD in English and Dutch. I also have a slide show that I present at schools, meetings, and Holocaust memorials, like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and the Yad vaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
Other interests include: Publicizing and recovering art stolen by the Nazis; promoting and practicing Kabbalah and meditation; and participating and developing Jewish Renewal and other innovations in Jewish practice and lore.
I have a Master’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin (1960) and a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the Ohio State University (1956) plus certificates from many professional and human potential workshops. From 1965 to 1994, I worked as a public information specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I produced press releases, pamphlets, speeches, and visuals about farms and farming.
I am married to Helena (née Levine); we have one surviving child, Liora, who lives in Switzerland with her husband, Edouard Modespacher, and their two young children, Mael and Kayla. I also am close to the two daughters of my late wife Shana and their eight children–who call me grandpa. They help me maneuver in the new reality of cyberspace.
I describe items I have for sale in detail in the following pages of this website. Here is how to get your copiesy:
TITLE HOW TO ORDER COST
“I Live in a Chickenhouse” Click to Purchase $25 (€15) plus postage
“Ik woon in een kippenhok” Click to Purchase €14.90 plus postage
“Ich wohne in einem “Hühnerhaus” Click to Purchase €14.90 plus postage
“Rediscovering My Childhood” Email Me $15 (€10) plus postage
“Op zoek naar mijn kinderjaren” Email Me $15 (€10) plus postage
“Sefirot” Email Me $15 plus postage
“Omer” Email Me $15 plus postage
“Nazi Art Theft–Still Unsolved” Click to Order Free, on line