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Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Simaite Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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If you're looking for thrilling tales of Ona Simaite's heroic lifesaving actions during World War II, you will probably feel disappointed by this book. Sukys chose to focus on Simaite's entire life rather than those few years, and there was never a lot of information about her lifesaving efforts to begin with. For her own safety and for those she helped, Simaite would deliberately forget names and faces. The exact number of people she saved isn't known, other than that it was a large one.
I see this book being in the "woman's studies" subject as in the history and Holocaust/World War II subjects. As Sukys points out, Simaite did not have a very happy life, particularly in her old age (she was in exile in France, very lonely and living in great poverty; she died in a nursing home that sounded like a dump), and a large part of that was because of the limitations imposed on her due to her gender and her unmarried status. But her being a woman probably helped when it came to saving Jewish people during the war.
This book could interest a lot of people, if they are of a scholarly bent.
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Wonderfully well-researched account of a heroic woman. A great teaching resource for professors of writing who want their students to learn how to speak of a person without writing... Read morePublished 2 months ago by SOtto
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