Mark Klempner is a historian, memoirist, and social commentator.
The son of an immigrant who barely escaped the Holocaust, Klempner spent nearly a decade talking with and getting to know the Dutch rescuers in order to write The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust.
Klempner grew up in New York, and attended Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and winning a J. William Fulbright Fellowship. In 2000, he received an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Klempner's articles have appeared internationally in professional journals such as the Oral History Review, as well as the Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, and other mainstream newspapers and periodicals.Online he is a blogger for the Huffington Post and has contributed articles to Common Dreams.org and Alternet.
My six-year-old paid me the highest compliment last night: "Dad, I just want you to tell me stories you make up, because those are better than the ones in the books."