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What Papa Told Me Paperback – September 13, 2010
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Felice writes a series of books called The Fancy Tales (www.thefancytales.com), which are modern day versions of the classic fairy tales we grew up with, yet they contain a wholesomely presented and slightly sophisticated gay twist. These books are under the pen name Weecee. Some of these titles include: She'safella and Peter Pan Zee.
For information on speaking engagements, her books or having Felice organize your life, please visit her website www.felicecohen.com
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The story is told in a straightforward way. And the events themselves are often so shocking, so incredible so horrifying as to make one once again wonder what it is to be a human being, how human beings can sink on one side to such depths of cruelty and evil, and on the other endure and overcome so much. It also makes one wonder how anyone who survived the horrors of the Nazi era managed to do so and remain sane.
The hero of this book encounters throughout his life tremendous challenges and difficulties. The worst of this is of course the time in which he survives eight different camps. His strong will to survive, his ability to work, his youth, his 'mazal', and his unswerving Jewish religious faith are what carry him through. He is subject to and witnesses incredible cruelties acts of sadistic brutality of the German Nazis and in some of the cases their Romanian assistants.
Schwartzbaum survives the camps weighing seventy- eight pounds when liberated. After a brief period of two years in Germany he eventually comes to America. In America he does not have it easy but it is paradise in comparison to the kinds of evils he has known. Great tragedy however comes to him in America. His wife and the mother of his three - children who is also a survivor cannot bear the memories and the guilt of surviving. Her suicide leaves him alone to care for and raise his three children. Fortunately he meets a widow who is too a survivor and with her goodness as his help he raises his family, and makes a good livelihood in America.
My summary of this book is totally inadequate to it.Read more ›
This book is the life story of Felice Cohen's grandfather, Murray. He grew up in Poland with loving parents and five siblings. When Murray was nineteen, the lot of them were consigned to ghettos or shipped off to German camps.
"What Papa Told Me" is primarily Murray's oral history of his experiences in the camps. It took ingenuity, resourcefulness, and plain luck to survive. Clearly, Murray had all of those and an indefatigable spirit. He worked for the Germans for five years of his life combating pestilence, plague, and unimaginable abuse.
The secondary portion of this book is how Murray made a life for his family in America afterwards. That combination of skills got him from abject poverty to a successful grocery business and a lovely retirement in Boca.
Murray doesn't lecture in his tales. He shines by example and that's the best kind of hero to have.
Rebecca Kyle, October 2010
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I value reading the true stories of the horror that the Jewish people went through because of Holocaust. Read morePublished 5 days ago by debbie
An important collection of stories from someone who found a way to survive despite incredible odds against him. I wish only that it had been longer. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ellen J. Curran
I really thought that this was a well written book, even though it was sad I liked reading this bookPublished 1 month ago by Debbie E.
If you've ever read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Grove
Was interesting but didn't have as much impact on me as some of the other stories of concentration camps that I have read.Published 2 months ago by Linda L. Howell
I am an avid reader about anything related to the Second World War. My Father was a WW II veteran, strong, loving, but when asked about his experiences, he kept them locked inside... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Cuddler