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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dividends; 1St Edition edition (September 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615372880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615372884
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Children and grandchildren of survivors also have their stories to tell. As is this one. All are poignant, just as they all are important to the understanding of the Event and its human implications and consequences." -Elie Wiesel, author of Night

From the Author

The countless hours my grandfather and I spent together working on this book were worth every minute. I wrote this book - my first - because my grandfather asked me to. The plan was to give copies to just our family, but after it was published it turned into so much more. Two honorable mention book awards, endorsements by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem, speaking engagements in numerous states at schools, synagogues and bookstores, schools purchasing the book for their Holocaust curriculum and much more. I'm fortunate to be able to share my grandfather's story with so many people and look forward to doing this for years to come.

More About the Author

Author Felice Cohen's first book "What Papa Told Me", endorsed by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, won honorable mention from The 2011 Eric Hoffer Award and the 2011 New York Book Festival Award and has been in the top ten on Kindle for over a year. She has published over 100 opinion columns and articles in amNew York, the NewYork Daily News, and Metro (New York, Boston and Philadelphia editions), many of which have appeared at www.jewishworldreview.com. She has published stories in two anthologies: "The Truth About the Fact" and "For Daddy, With Love," and is writing a new book on organizing.

A video of Ms. Cohen's 90 square foot Manhattan studio went viral with over 5 million views on YouTube.com, gaining media attention on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's LXTV, NY1, Good Morning Sacramento as well as on TV shows in Australia and Germany. She's also been on the radio in the U.S., Australia, Ireland, Canada, along with online media coverage on ABC, AOL, the Canada's Globe and Mail, and the UK's Daily Mail. And thanks to the YouTube(dot)com video of her 90 square foot studio, she is writing a book about Living Large in a Small Space.

Felice is available for speaking engagements at schools, synagogues and bookstores. For more information on speaking engagements and on her book, go to www.whatpapatoldme.com.

Felice is also a professional organizer and Shrinky Dink artist. You can find more information on at www.felicecohen.com.

Felice is also a professional organizer and Shrinky Dink artist. You can find more information on either of those at www.felicecohen.com.

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Thank you both for sharing your story....
CLAUDIA E. ODEE
It is a story about one man, one family and determination to keep on living in the face of adversity.
WRL
Sounds like he REALLY cared about his family and still does.
Mom

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mom on September 28, 2010
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Thanks for the tears and the memories. This was an incredible book told from a true survivor and his family. I fell in love with Papa, and his courage and the continual sadness of working so hard and getting cheated by so many people. I can't believe you talked with a group of survivors...that alone would be a memory of a lifetime. I am so proud of you and your family. This book will remain in your family for years. I am glad Papa had a chance to tell us all. Tell Papa thanks for sharing a history that we should all be aware of. Also, what a great person he truly is. Sounds like he REALLY cared about his family and still does.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By WRL on September 20, 2010
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A powerful piece of work! It is a story about one man, one family and determination to keep on living in the face of adversity. If you are interested in the Holocaust this is a first hand look at how human atrocities affected a real life family. Read this book and walk a mile in "Papa's" shoes.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Norman Roth on September 27, 2010
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A compelling story, exceptionally well-told. "What Papa Told Me" is moving and haunting -- and also, maybe strangely, heartwarming because it shows how humanity and humaneness just simply won't be snuffed out even in the face of unspeakable horrors. Murray Schwartzbaum's strength of character, will, and spirit is astounding. This is a story that needs to be read by young people (and older ones, too).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 12, 2010
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Felice Cohen sat with her grandfather Murry Schwartzbaum and listened to the story of his life. This book contains that story in brief, the outline of an extraordinarily complex and difficult reality.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Wells on January 25, 2011
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Very touching. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. I thought it provided an extremely personal view of a very troubling time in our history. Highly recommend book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Barr on November 30, 2010
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Felice's telling of her grandfather Murray's story is moving & vivid, heartwarming & disturbing, and should be required reading for all high school students. Bless you and your family, Murray.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2010
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Listening to your elders is important. The stories they tell you can help you choose your own path in life. And nobody tells history better than someone who's been there.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rubin on November 6, 2010
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I could not put this book down until I finished it. It was an amazing story that mirrors the experience of Jews in Europe at that time. Time and time again I look back and remember stories that my grandparents told me about life prior to the war and I realize that these people were made from different stock than we are. Because they were able to go on with life and thrive despite the horrors they lived through.
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