About me

I’m a widely published print/online freelance writer known for
in-depth research and an engaging writing style
tempered by curiosity and enthusiasm

My specialties: general history, genealogy, arts, antiques and
Hundreds of my articles have appeared in US, Canadian, Australian, and British print/online magazines

I’ve also authored several social history books:
Jewish Lives (Pen & Sword)
Between Galicia and Hungary : The Jews of Stropkov (Avotaynu)

But why Amselbird??

From Birds from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1754)

Birds run in my family!

Amsel, my father’s family name, is the German word for blackbird–and Zazulia, my mother’s family name, means cuckoo in Ukrainian.