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Walk Forward [Kindle Edition]

Rosa Raskin
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Book Description

Hidden secrets are discovered by a member of the second generation in her fifty year search for her sister, Eugenia, lost in the Holocaust. Jewish family members are caught in a hellish spider's web as the "last 500." As pawns in the chess game between Hitler's assistants, they survive the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Stutthof, the burning city of Dresden, Germany, and are released from concentration camp Theresienstadt. Born in Germany after the Holocaust, Rosie remembers the Displaced Persons' camp on her journey to the United States, as a three-year-old refugee on the troop carrier, the USS General William C. Langfitt. The theme of the book is the importance of family, no matter the time or the place. The true story includes scenes from her family's four years in captivity, and events in the lives of her Christian relatives during the First and Second World War. Rosie's mother, Louise, pictured on the front of the book, was not in the Holocaust, but enabled her husband, a survivor, and post-war family to "walk forward." The purpose of the narrative is to continue to uncover information about her lost sister, and all the children that remain missing, or perished in the Holocaust.


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We "walk forward," but we will never forget!
The letters cited in Walk Forward were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 9, 2013, and are available for research in Washington, D.C., with summaries on the Museum's website.

About the Author

Rosa Shine Raskin was born on February 20, 1948, in Karlsruhe, Germany. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and younger sister, as a displaced (stateless) person on the USS General William C. Langfitt in 1951. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Columbus and Cincinnati. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Microbiolgy, both from The Ohio State University. She also has an M.L.S. in Library Science from Kent State University. She is currently a freelance writer, researcher, and consultant, after having worked in hospitals, government, and the Fortune 100 for over 30 years. She founded Rosa S. Raskin & Associates, LLC, in 2007, and has three blogs on the web including "Precious Cooking," "Information Specialist Secrets," and "Most Precious Memories." She has published more than a dozen articles on paint and coatings in trade journals, having been taught by her father, at the age of eight, to paint the bricks on houses. Her book, "Walk Forward," includes information on her family including her father, a Holocaust survivor, her devoted mother, younger siblings, and her lost, older half-sister, Eugenia Chimowicz.

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  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
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  • Publisher: Rosa S. Raskin & Associates, LLC (September 25, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H6Y7AC
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different "Shindler's List" story revealed September 22, 2013
By Jay
Format:Kindle Edition
Walk Forward is the product of the author's life-long effort to search for her older half-sister Eugenia, who became lost during the Holocaust. Rosa's search documents her father's family history, from 1932 to the present., focusing on the years 1939-1945. It documents the history of one Jewish family's experience in Germany and Poland, and the miraculous survival of many family members. The author's search for her sister is ongoing, and Eugenia's fate remains a mystery.

I am the grandson of one of the central characters, Alfred. So, as a history of my parents, grandparents, and extended family, Walk Forward is precious to me. It documents both the horrors my family endured and the heroism my family members displayed. I was unaware of the chronology, and the events that tied the stories together. There was much closure for me reading those pages, which confirmed the events that the elders of my family, who now live across the globe, have recounted. But what about the reader who is not connected to this family? What in this narrative will engage him or her to finish the book? Especially when the first sentence of the first chapter could very well be the last sentence of the epilogue, "Eugenia, if by some miracle you are alive and find this book, please contact me, your half-sister, Rosie." We know ahead of time that the happy ending we wish for has not yet revealed itself. What will the reader learn by reading the pages in-between?

In-between one learns of a family's courage to survive despite daily life-threatening threats in a world at war: The patriarch Jacob's search for a safe haven for his family, his sons' attempts to thwart the Nazi's in order to survive, the older family members' attempt to preserve the world that was changing beyond their control.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Walk Forward" An Inspirational Read for Young & Old September 27, 2012
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"Walk Forward" is a gripping account of the Holocaust depicting the horrific mental and physical anguish faced during a family's remarkable survival during the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Stutthof, and the burning city of Dresden. The story is told through the eyes of young Rosie born in Germany after the Holocaust and the family's resettlement in America. Frequent trips to Germany because of her father's restart of the family business in Germany and frequent conversations with parents and extended family during her coming of age and curious searches through a messy drawer archiving the family's Holocaust photos and clippings leads to a captivating storyline inviting the reader into the family circle. "Walk Forward" provides a firsthand account of a Holocaust family's adjustment to life in America and the drama of an endless search by Rosie and family for a missing sister. The author is a gifted writer, story teller and researcher. Her graduate degrees in the biological sciences and information science serve her well. "Walk Forward" is indeed an inspirational read for both the young and old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remnants of Inhumanity February 8, 2013
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When I began to read this true tale of loss and loyalty, I felt the heartache of a man named Herman Chimowicz who survived the holocaust and returned home without his wife and nine-year-old daughter. I got caught in the story because a wife was assumed dead, and a daughter was not.

During the years after the war while he half heartedly began the process of repairing his life, Herman questioned returned prisoners of the concentration camp in an effort to hear news of his daughter and got none. Herman still refused to have his daughter declared dead.

In the author's desperate attempt to find her biological sister, Walk Forward reads like a long letter to her. She spoke to her of her family, their love for her, their travels, and lineage, while never letting go of the hope that Eugenia was alive. You learn of the carnage and the suffering of World War 2 survivors from this author's personal vantage point built with bits and pieces told to her by her father, and other family members.

The story takes you on the impossible odyssey yet gives a detailed account of the events of one of the most horrific wars in history, from the cattle trains loaded with dying human beings to the death chambers where the terrified, bewildered victims met their dark destinies.

Rosa Raskin leaves no clue unexamined regarding her oldest sisters whereabouts in her intense research where she reports everything, including exact dates of events of the Holocaust in motion - right down to the tattooed numbers on the arms of some of the survivors.

Raskin illuminates the reports of a hell by design, choreographed by a mad man, in striking detail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Memoir & Tribute November 11, 2012
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Everyone has a story worth telling and hearing. Rosa Raskin's personal story is particularly compelling. She arrived in the U.S. as a child, a young displaced immigrant, and here her family rebuilt their lives after the horrors of the war. Over the years her parents, Louise and Herman, shared stories with Rosa and her sisters, stories of lost relatives and an extended family scattered across the world. Rosa began to write down these stories, and this book is the culmination of her research and findings.

But her personal story is far from resolved as she continues to search for her half-sister Eugenia. Rosa's father had a wife and daughter who were never seen or heard from again after the war, presumably lost to the Holocaust. While he remarried and, with his second wife, created a beautiful family life for their children, he never lost hope that his firstborn would one day reappear. This hope is now carried through Rosa's book, a loving retelling of her family's history and a sincere tribute to a sister she has yet to meet in person.

Rosa's writing takes the reader back to another era. She recounts in detail the good and the bad, capturing in writing the everyday lives her relatives lived along with major events they experienced. Rosa's background is multicultural and multi-faith, not uncommon in a region that's seen borders change so much through the centuries. Her retelling of her parents' pre-U.S. lives is captivating. As you read Rosa's book you can feel the emotions her relatives experienced, and you can feel yourself immersed in a multi-sensory time travel journey.

Walk Forward is more than a personal war and post-war story shared with the world. It's more than the preservation of an important historical account. It is a labor of love, a tribute to displaced families everywhere, and a message of hope that relatives can be found and families can be reunited even after so many years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget...
I just finished Walk Forward and I'm a bit speechless. Some reviewers are correct that it's a bit repetitive, but I think they're missing the point of the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doug DePew
5.0 out of 5 stars walk forward
A beautiful memoir of a child to her mother despite all of the horrors they had witnessed and lived through.
Published 10 months ago by reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mia
Loved this book, true these horrific crimes did in fact happen to innocent people. God only knows why. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Maree Willmore
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive book
This book is one example about the fate of a Jewish family and the wounds , which last until today , and will never heal. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amelie Döge
2.0 out of 5 stars This went forward and backward
Much of the writing is disjointed and I was not able to finish the book. It needs a whole lot of work to bring it up to professional or even semi-professional standards. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Edith C. Kaplan
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching Story
Although written poorly and with constant repetitive portions, the story is very interesting and, certainly, worth telling. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Arlyne Euler
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I enjoyed this book very much. I recommend othesr to take time to read this story. Easy reading too. Life is so precious.
Published 24 months ago by denae binstock lerohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad story but happy ending
My name is Gabriele and, like Rosa Raskin, I am a Child Survivor of the Holocaust (Shoah in Hebrew). Her book is fantastic, very well written and explained what happened where. Read more
Published on April 23, 2013 by R. G. S. Silten
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but repetitive...
While I learned more about the formation of ghettos and the names of some concentration camps with which I was unfamiliar, I found the writing repetitive. Read more
Published on April 18, 2013 by G. Elizabeth
2.0 out of 5 stars Unable to finish!
The writing was very choppy and the story seemed strung together very loosely. I could not make it to the end.
Published on April 18, 2013 by Juli
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Rosa Shine Raskin was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, after the Second World War. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and younger sister, as a displaced (stateless) person on the USS General William C. Langfitt in 1951. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Columbus and Cincinnati. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Microbiology, both from The Ohio State University. She also has an M.L.S. in Library Science from Kent State University. She is currently a freelance writer, researcher, and consultant, after having worked in hospitals, government, and the Fortune 100 for over 30 years. In 2007 she founded Rosa S. Raskin & Associates LLC and she has three blogs on the web including "Walk Forward-Update" at http://walk-forward.blogspot.com, "Precious Cooking" at http://preciouscooking.blogspot.com, and "Information Specialist Secrets" at http://preciousinformationspecialist.blogspot.com. She has published more than a dozen articles on paint and coatings in trade journals, having been taught by her father, at the age of eight, to paint the bricks on houses. Her book, "Walk Forward," includes information on her family including her father, a Holocaust survivor, her devoted mother, younger siblings, and her lost, older half-sister, Eugenia Chimowicz.

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