More challenges face Joe's parents in America. HIAS helps but certainly not in a place they would envision living in the future nor in a job Sol would want. Fortuitously, these sophisticated former Europeans find themselves in Vineland, New Jersey, where they become chicken farmers and the nucleus of a small Jewish community. This is a lively, well-written account made particularly so because Joe's parents' wartime records became available in 2007, enabling him to travel to Poland and learn the details about his grandfather, Jacob Finkelstein's, death in a hospital after liberation. --Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter, Marcia Posner, November, 2009 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Both of my parents rebuilt their lives after the Holocaust as new people. They decided that they would not burden their children, nor to the extent possible, their own marriage with painful memories of the past. So, as the second-generation children of survivors, my siblings and I grew up in America without knowledge of the life and death events that our parents had experienced in Europe.
Gradually, my parents began telling their experiences through oral history projects and other media. But still I felt the need to do more. 'I Choose Life' has enabled my parents to leave a legacy of their experiences to their family and to future generations. As the next generation, I rejoice in the choices and courage of my parents, Sol and Goldie. As a child of Holocaust survivors, I take upon myself the legacy to preserve the history and memories of what they endured. It is the responsibility of all of us to listen, to learn, to embrace these stories, and to educate the next generation. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am speechless with tremendous gratitude for Sol and Goldy. I just heard heard about this book at dinner tonight and incredibly blessed to learn that Goldy is my neighbor!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Meisler
This book is very readable, AND an important addition to twentieth century history. While we are all familiar with the Holocaust subject, this book personalizes it for three... Read morePublished on August 30, 2009 by M. Nichols
I have read other Holocaust memoirs, but this one stands out because it is so full of life, so full of details and so incredibly well-researched. Read morePublished on July 28, 2009 by Amyrr
"I Choose Life" is so very well researched--the text, photos, documents, tables all authenticate a moving story. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by Molly Abramowitz