Steven Pressman on A Celebration of You with Holly DowlinfFrom storytelling of a family secret to HBO movie…

When was the last time that you stayed open to serendipity? What ended up falling into your lap? My guest today, Steven Pressman, is a former newspaper and magazine journalist whose curiosity into his wife’s old family records caused him to uncover an amazing story that so obviously needed to be shared with the world!

Dating back to the time of Holocaust, Steven discusses the discovery of an old family story kept hidden away for many years! Although it was rarely discussed among his wife’s family, he shares just how much positive impact it had on the lives of so many people around the world. He shares how he knew this story needed to be told publicly, and how he ventured outside his typical storytelling medium to make the experience truly impactful.

You’ll also hear Steven discuss the most meaningful part of sharing this story with the world, and how it was truly inspiring to provide answers for people who had been left with questions their whole lives. Ultimately, you’ll see how the themes of this story truly inspire us all to “do extraordinary things”.

I am honored to have Steven and his work featured on the show and am so happy to have met Steven in the air. His interview is an amazing reminder to always be open to serendipity!

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“All my years of being a journalist, if they taught me nothing else, it was to recognize when a nice story lands in my lap, and here was the opportunity to tell a story that was a very powerful story.” – Steven Pressman

Show Notes:

  • A Story Falling into Your Lap
  • Who are Mr. & Mrs. Kraus?
  • Making Relationships with the “Children”

“When I heard that, I thought, ‘Alright, if I don’t do anything else for the rest of my days, this was worth it, to be able to tell a story, and make those connections, and allow people to, in effect, find closure for their own loved ones…’ ” – Steven Pressman

  • The Impact of Storytelling
  • Love of Documentary Film
  • The Potential to be Extraordinary

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“What was most meaningful about the 50 Children story… there’s a reminder that ordinary people can always have the power, if they choose to use it, to do extraordinary things.”  – Steven Pressman