To the Editor:

My spouse and I have known Rita and Paul N. Frenkel of New Preston for a number of years; Rita's an engaging artist, and Paul's a rather somber businessman.

In reading Paul's recent book, "Life Reclaimed," I've gotten to better understand what lurks behind his somberness, and what might even lurk behind a placid village like New Preston in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut.

In the last year of World War II, Paul was a 14-year-old boy living happily with his family in the rural Transylvania town of Hadad, Hungary.

Suddenly, without explanation or justification, his family was rounded up with other Hungarian Jews, confined in a factory yard, and then herded into cattle cars and shipped off to Auschwitz.

Paul's father was a respected country doctor who had fought in World War I, and his mother was a dedicated homemaker raising two young boys but, suddenly, without warning, none of that mattered to the residents of rural Hadad.

"Life Reclaimed" is a journey from bucolic Hadad to concentration camps and to a death march.

Somehow, Paul and his brother managed to survive, and eventually even thrive in America. Paul dedicates his book to the family he lost, and to the family he found.

I urge you to read "Life Reclaimed" this summer to learn about your neighbor, and perhaps to learn something about yourselves, too.

Thank you, Paul.

Joseph A. Mustich