|Born||May 30, 1910|
|Died||June 3, 2011 (aged 101)|
Brooklyn, New York City
Before his retirement at age 62, Bernstein worked for movie production companies as a script reader and as a magazine editor for trade magazines. He wrote freelance articles for such publications as Popular Mechanics, Family Circle and Newsweek.
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, his first-published book, dealt with a number of topics, including with his long-suffering mother Ada's struggle to feed her six children, an abusive, alcoholic father, the anti-Semitism Bernstein and his Jewish neighbors encountered growing up in a Cheshire mill town (Stockport, now part of Greater Manchester) in northwest England; the loss of Jews and Christians from the community in World War I, and the Romeo and Juliet romance experienced by his sister Lily and her Christian boyfriend. The book was started when Bernstein was 93 and published in 2007, when he was 96. The loneliness he encountered following the death of his wife, Ruby, in 2002, after 67 years of marriage, was the catalyst for the work.
The Dream (2008) is centered on his family’s move to the West Side of Chicago in 1922 when he was twelve. The Golden Willow (2009), chronicles his married life and later years. A fourth book, What Happened to Rose, was published posthumously in 2012.
- Rich, Motoko. "Successful at 96, Writer Has More to Say", The New York Times, April 7, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2008.
- William Grimes (June 7, 2011). "Harry Bernstein, Writer Who Gained Fame at 96, Dies at 101". The New York Times.