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A Garland for Ashes: World War II, the Holocaust, and One Jewish Survivor's Long Journey to Forgiveness [Kindle Edition]

Hanna Zack Miley
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Book Description

Torn from Her Homeland …
Her Parents Murdered …
How Could She Cope?

When little Hannelore (Hanna) Zack left Cologne, Germany, on a train bound for London as a seven-year-old Mädchen (young girl) on July 24, 1939, she had no way of knowing that she was part of the Kindertransport, an epic rescue effort that would save 10,000 Jewish children from Hitler’s Nazi regime by granting them safe passage to England. In the coming years, Hanna would learn the painful truth: after being stripped of their business, forced from their Zuhause (home), and deported to endure six months of inhumane conditions in the Lodz Ghetto, her parents were gassed in a brutally efficient killing operation in a remote forested area near Chelmno, Poland, on May 3, 1942. Written over a four-year period beginning when Hanna was about seventy-five years old, A Garland for Ashes is both a gripping detective story recounting the heartbreaking process of discovering her family’s fate and a poignant account of her journey from vengeful hatred to forgiveness and release from bitterness.


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About the Author

Hanna Zack Miley and her husband, George, are active in a ministry of reconciliation, residing five or six months each year in Hanna's native region of Germany, the Eifel. Hanna and George have spent more than forty-five years ministering worldwide, teaching and living out the love and transforming power of God to work forgiveness even in the most painful of circumstances. Their work has taken them to some one hundred countries. When not travelling internationally to anyplace where entrenched divisions among individuals and groups call for God's healing, Hanna and George reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • File Size: 8802 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478712813
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (July 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E02IYU2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book December 21, 2013
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I just finished reading through A Garland for Ashes, and my eyes are still moist with tears.

In the interest of full disclosure, I know Hanna and her story, and even make a brief appearance in the book. So perhaps I am biased.

However, I also know great literature. I attended St. John's College, where for four years I read the great books of western civilization. One thing I became convinced of was that many of these books came to be considered great, because the author was able to unfold for the reader what it was like to be an ordinary human being - even in the midst of history-changing events.

Hanna succeeds in just this way. This book is as much about her as about the Holocaust. She has researched her own heart, feelings, and thoughts as carefully as she has researched the history of the Rzuchowski Forest. And she shows us what it is to emerge triumphant through the power of reconciliation, when facing the evil within as well as the evil without.

Thank you, Hanna, for this gift to the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A Garland for Ashes is a MUST READ!!! I got caught up in it immediately,but then some of the horror made me put it down for just a little while. I know this 'little Girl' who is a most beautiful Woman inside and out. So back to the book I went to find out so many things that brought her to this place in her life. There are so many examples in Hanna's
life that show us we should NEVER give up, but always put our TRUST in OUR LORD.
Thanks be to Hanna for writing this wonderful book.
Sue Harper
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From bitterness to forgiveness August 15, 2013
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This sweet woman's account of her journey as a 6 year old on one of the last Kindertransports out of Germany through the realization that her parent's had been holocaust victims was very moving. Her writing is beautiful-- filled with meaningful metaphors and her journey into a ministry of understanding, remembrance and forgiveness of the German people is amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A garland for A Garland March 11, 2014
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Hanna Miley's story is a story for everyone, and is the true tale of beauty being given for ashes.

It is for anyone whose heart has been shattered, their trust burned through. their confidence and joy, usurped, their ability to cope with life, near extinct.

It is the story of the redemption of the human race through the life, death, and resurrection a Man - coming to know a Life that is beyond our life, the One who is gently calling and sometimes near pushing us to receive Him, to open to Him - in love, for love, for our freedom and true healing.

It is the story of what happens when we are invited to face with courage what we most dread, most fear, and would much rather push aside and not bother with, thank you very much - except we are urged to. Except that we sense there has to be more to life than what we are experiencing.

Hanna's story is the story of my spiritual mother, who at the young age of being a twentysomething decided to put her trust in Jesus. I cannot believe how beautiful she becomes throughout this book - heart-wrenching as her journey is. I cannot believe how beautiful she continues to grow in reality as well - a vibrant, sharp, radiant women whose youthfulness becomes her.

Hanna's story is one that, as it unfolds, invites us to unfold ours as well - our fears, our bitterness, our unforgiveness. And the breath of Life surprises us with its quickness, its keeness to revive, to call forth, to make all things new.

I not only recommend the book, I recommend the woman, the couple that she and George are, and the gift it would be for anyone to be with them. I hope there are many book events and signings to come, that the "leaves" of this book would also be for the healing of the nations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Garland For Ashes August 11, 2013
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In A Garland For Ashes, Hanna Miley recounts her story of transformation from bitterness to forgiveness with honesty and tenderness, a miracle in itself since her journey started in the 1930's when the Nazi ring of horror and injustice was tightening around the Jews in Germany.

Given every reason to be filled all her life with hatred toward the Nazis who separated her forever from her loving parents, she chose instead to find out more about their fate and to open herself to healing. It is a very personal story in which family, faith, friends and tradition are primary in her dealing with the effects of the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis.

Her book takes us on her journey from childhood memories to recent years, unfolding a magnificent story of courage and, ultimately, of forgiveness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of one Jewish Survivor: A Garland for Ashes September 10, 2013
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I have known Hannah and George Miley for many years, and have observed their lives. It is always amazing to see God's work in a human heart over a period of years. These are lovely children of God, and their testimony is true. Hannah's story is a "must read". I was living in England when the Evacuees came to Britain to escape Hitler's rule, and most Americans don't know the story of these children. Hannnah is an inspiration and a testimony of what God will do in a yielded human heart. One question remains....where would American children flee to, should something similar happen here? And don't think it couldn't happen here....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Through seasons of painful separation, feelings of abandonment
I first read the kindle edition of this book on a long bus ride, and the power of forgiveness in Hanna's story evoked tears. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Candace
4.0 out of 5 stars A poignant memoir of a holocaust survivor. I haven't ...
A poignant memoir of a holocaust survivor. I haven't finished it quite yet, but it is very insightful into the heart of a child whose parents sacrificed all to keep her safe. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. C.
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Published 5 months ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanna went through extremely painful situations. Her faith and...
I've read numerous books about the Holocaust, but this personal account of what happened coupled with the personal journey to healing was very compelling! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Since I was in Europe and have seen many of ...
Since I was in Europe and have seen many of the same areas, I was touched by the accuracy and deep sense of needing to know that Hanna experienced, as well as her vivid portrayal... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. L. Booker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A deeply moving story.
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth Semon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
emotionally powerful and thought provoking journey of discovery and forgiveness.
Published 7 months ago by Sharon McNutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very moving read.
Published 7 months ago by Mary Torrence
1.0 out of 5 stars A Jew for Jesus book.
To my dismay, I found that I was reading a book about a young girl who turned away from her heritage and accepted Jesus Christ. A Jew cannot be a Christian at the same time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars A kindertransport child discovers her past and finds forgiveness.
A compelling and unique story of importance, as it relates to little known historical event. The author draws along you with her in her journey to uncover her past. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve Douglas
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Hanna Zack Miley and her husband, George, are active in a ministry of reconciliation, residing five or six months each year in Hanna's native region of Germany, the Eifel. Hanna and George have spent more than forty-five years ministering worldwide, teaching and living out love and the transforming power of God to work forgiveness even in the most painful circumstances. Their work has taken them to some one hundred countries. When not travelling internationally to anyplace where entrenched divisions among individuals and groups call for God's healing, Hanna and George reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

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