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Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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“With a poet’s eye for beauty among the ruins, Caryn Miriam-Goldberg has crafted a contemporary tale of two different men with a history of woe in common. A welcome addition to literature about the Holocaust, and a reminder that good sometimes does survive and prosper.”—Leonard Zeskind, author of Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream
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Needle in the Bone is a compelling story of two Poles—a Jewish resister who survived the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and other Nazi atrocities, and an Underground fighter who fought and survived the Nazi regime. Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg weaves in her own story as a Jewish American, adding valuable context and insights into the lives and experiences of Lou Frydman and Jarek Piekalkiewicz. It is a very American story of survival, new beginnings, hope and laughter in the face of horror, and faith in human goodness.”—David Katzman, professor emeritus of American studies, University of Kansas
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Needle in the Bone is the powerful tale of two young men’s courage, heroism, heartbreak, and survival during and after the Second World War. Lovingly conceived, exhaustively researched, and beautifully written, this book is a magnificent achievement that not only provides important insights into the Holocaust and the resistance, but also documents the indomitable will of two extraordinary men.”—Bill Tuttle, author of “Daddy’s Gone to War”: The Second World War in the Lives of America’s Children
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“Rich in factual detail and personal revelations, Needle in the Bone is an intimate portrait of two friends who witnessed unimaginable atrocities during the Holocaust and, in later years, grabbed a good share of happiness. The author, a loving friend of both men and their wives, holds the reader spellbound as she elicits their indelible, horrific, and hope-inspiring stories. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s authentic emotional presence and self-disclosure ends up being a huge gift to her readers, and the book is a valuable, highly personal contribution to the literature on Holocaust history.”—Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger and The Marriage Rules
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About the Author

CARYN MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG is the poet laureate of Kansas; the author of the novel The Divorce Girl, the memoir The Sky Begins at Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, Coming Home to the Body, and four collections of poetry; and the editor of numerous anthologies. On the faculty of Goddard College (she founded its Transformative Language Arts master’s program in social and personal transformation through the written, spoken, and sung word) Mirriam-Goldberg also leads community writing workshops. She makes her home with her family near Lawrence, Kansas. For more information, visit www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612345689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612345680
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Needle In The Bone is one of those books that will surprise you. Not only is it the story of 2 incredible men, it also tells of a time in our world history, both the horrors and the ultimate triumphs. Even with the intense subject matter, there is humor threaded in and out helping to make the reading somewhat easier while at the same time showing the human side of both men. I highly recommend this book to not only those interested in history, but to anyone who wants to be inspired by the unstoppable human spirit. Bravo, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for another stellar book!
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Maybe its because I was still unsettled from a visit to Israel/Palestine some years ago; maybe its the re-connection after decades with my friend and the book's author, Caryn; maybe its because several lively voices tell this story with the complexity and clarity needed in these times...I was intrigued by the blend of history through personal story and data, blended into warm present-day Kansas relationships.

Like the needle in Lou Frydman's foot, the Nazi era and its Holocaust stays with us – no matter where we live, no matter our religion or ethnicity. We need resources like Needle in the Bone to learn how to talk about this global trauma through inherited gut judgments. We need to practice honoring stories so that we can hold each others' gaze until human needs for understanding and safety are satisfied.

I recommend this book to people who challenge themselves to face difficult truths so we can lean into the future with hope that we too can live with courage and resilience, and share our stories with friends.

--Thea Nietfeld
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Well researched and beautifully written by Kansas poet-laureat Caryn Miriam-Goldberg, this book gives first-hand accounts of survival from two men--one a Polish Jew who survived several concentration camps and death marches after losing his extended family in the Holocaust, and a gutsy Polish resistance fighter who also survived death marches. Both narrowly escaped death and eventually moved to the United States where years later they met and became best friends. An excellent book to add to one's collection of books about the Holocaust.
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I really enjoyed this story (although it was hard to read right after Picoult's Storyteller but that was accidental). Both men start out in Poland, one is Jewish and ends up in the concentration camps, one is a member of the Polish Underground and is arrested as well. It's a ping pong back and forth story and sometimes, it was a bit too much back and forth. But their stories are riveting and how they both arrived at KU is interesting as well. It is interesting to see how their perspectives on other human beings, religion and trust of others comes through after such an ordeal.
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I so appreciate this book as a moving account of interactions between the generation of two holocaust survivors (Jewish and Christian)and the younger author. As some extremists try to pretend the holocaust never happened, this book's story is essential reading. What it has to add to the literature is the arc of its years--how these men's lives turned out, as well as their children's and grandchildren's. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is poet lauretate of Kansas, which means that every word is polished and turned perfectly. This is an amazing book.
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