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Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable Paperback – October 2, 2013
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The author as an experienced archaeologist discovers layer after layer. Forgotten faces, names and events gradually emerge from under the surface. Little by little she reconstructs the course of events. The mosaic of scattered images and impressions forms unknown even to those closest, frightening and fascinating history of persecution and extermination, the struggle for life and survival.
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Some legacies are handed down, carefully nurtured, protected. Others are thrust upon us by circumstance. Most of us do leave behind much that we have sown--the good, the bad, even the unwittingly shameful. The remarkable ones, as in this story of brave and silent survivors of WWII's Warsaw Ghetto and their rescuers, leave us inspired by the lives they lived. It is these precious few--whose stories have been kept from us, hidden within the overwhelming times in which they lived--who, for the sake of our humanity, require our digging...
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Driven to undertake her own journey for the love of her family -- wanting to find the truth and fill the gaps in the family history for her husband, children and grandchildren -- Susan immerses herself in the rubble of the Holocaust. Her love and respect for her mother-in-law Elzbieta, who had depths unknown to Susan, her love for her husband's uncle Marian and the desire to help him unburden and heal, and her wish to honor them both and keep the memories alive -- the good and the bad -- as a testament to what people are capable of, guides her in her research and fuels her perseverance.
As Susan cautiously excavates, encourages and gently probes Marian's memories, Marian is ready to begin healing. His natural survivor's guilt and anger are apparent as his story unfolds. His gratitude for the love and guidance of his sister Elzbieta and the sacrifice of a family friend, a Polish non-Jew, become a need to seek recognition for their courage and sacrifices.
Through meticulous research and revealing conversations with Marian, using her gifts of intelligence, curiosity, and imagination, her experiences as a loving mother and as Elzbieta's daughter-in-law, Susan imparts credibility and poignancy to the imagined thoughts of Elzbieta before, during and after the war.
Digging will inspire its readers. It is for all of us --survivors reluctant to speak, the second and third generations who need courage to ask the important questions, and those of us who want to keep alive the bravery of people who survive any traumatic or devastating event in their lives. It is a testament reminding us to be the best we can be in situations that we hope may never happen again.
The Holocaust is in a category of its own in the magnitude of horror and loss, but there are untold numbers of us affected by family secrets of many kinds. An important message of Digging is that it is worth the effort to unearth these stories - worthwhile for their value and for their meaning -- for both current and future generations.
Once I opened this story of the incredibly brave and loving Elzbieta and her equally brave brother, Marion, I could not put it down until it was finished. I sobbed through many parts of this magnificent tribute to this family who endured so much. Susan has given us a picture of the horror so many people had to endure so many years ago and yet unfortunately, we see today all to often, how many are still subject to hatred and prejudice in our world today.
At the same time, she has expressed her love for her husband Bobby and his magnificent family through this painstakingly detailed account of a period of time no one should ever forget and please God, never repeat.
This is a story I wholeheartedly recommend people of all ages should read.
There are a few stories within this novel and all of them are moving. The novel begins with Susan Rostan's desire to create a family tree for her granddaughter. Her husband's family survived the German occupation in Poland, survived being forced into the Ghetto in Warsaw, and came out on top despite the loss of so many members of their family. What was so moving is how much emphasis was placed on how radiant her mother-in-law was despite all the hardship.
What I loved about this book is how well Rostan depicts the emotional journey Marian, her uncle-in-law, had to go on to tell her everything that he did about his life. I usually steer clear of books abou the Holocaust because mostly I am left with the feeling of heartache and sadness and no understanding of how the information effected others. This novel literally depicts the journey of gathering the story of what the Rozenblums went through and then how the new revelations effected Rostan and her husband. Intermingled with these revelations where reenactments of different small scenes with Rostan's mother-in-law that were heartbreaking, deep, and read as though they were memories and not how Rostan envisioned life back then.
This book is a must-read. I loved it and I recommend it to anyone who loves history and the story of family.
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Not many books deserve 5 stars. Digging does. It really is 5 star stuff. It will pierce your heart.
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