Remembering Judith - A true story of shattered childhoods Kindle Edition
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Although we have heard of those children who were spirited out of Germany and other European countries prior to WWII, we have little information on how they adapted and survived being taken from their families and sent into a world they were unprepared for. Taking teens and younger children and trying to immerse them into a culture, lifestyle, language and sometimes even religion that they did not understand and were unprepared for had to leave a lasting impression which, in some cases, led to fear and lifetime dysfunction. "Remembering Judith" is the story of one teen girl who left her home in Germany to become a lifelong resident of England. Her story is both a celebration of the human ability to endure and a handbook for the emotional devastation of separation from family and culture.
Judith is transported to England as an adolescent and learns very quickly that she must be the master of her own destiny. Just as she begins to become her own woman with a job she loves and a future she is determined for herself, she becomes ill. During her illness she meets the man she will marry. A good man at the time, but a man unsuitable to her. Feeling alone, abandoned and trapped she marries and has a daughter.Read more ›
Though it starts off with really lovely phrasing and style, it eventually becomes repetitive. Timelines become somewhat confused as Ms. Joseph incorporates flashbacks abruptly into the modern narrative. Though its tagline suggests she will explore her mother's childhood as well as her own, there is very little mention of the unfortunate circumstances of her mother's girlhood (sent to England to avoid Hitler's march across Europe).
The raw emotions come through, but it also seems Ms. Joseph would benefit from therapy as she harbors so much guilt for her mother and father's problems, when clearly she is not to blame. By the end of the book, I wanted to shake Ms. Joseph and tell her just that, as she dwells on her inner demons.
I hope writing the book was cathartic for her. It is an interesting enough read, but as a memoir in need of editing and not a full-fledged autobiography.
But it is necessary to Point out one other thing she describes so well: pain. Her own pain and her mother's pain.
This book tells a really sad and shocking story that makes you Think "can this really be true???". The Pictures in the book says; "Yes, it is true". Ruth JOseph has really had a living hell, and so had her mother. This book really captures it.
The book sometimes felt a bit slow, and it was often painful to read, but i give it 5 stars anyway, because it is so vivid. And, of course, i want to say that Ruth Joseph is incredible brave in telling us her story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A hard story to get into, but once passed the beginning it was an intriguing and unbelievable true story. What people had to endure is beyond comprehension. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Josie K
I could not stop reading this book. So compelling a story and so very sad. I can't imagine living under the conditions she did for so long.Published 6 months ago by Donna Liston
A look into a family from a different century, a different country, a different culture; I'm not sure that enjoying it would be the most accurate way to speak about this book, but... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dawn L
Great story of true faith and dedication. Husbands' love and understanding of the situation truly amazing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by les watts
Boring story. Half the book was spent describing food and the other half was her verbally abusive parents.. Kept waiting for something to happen--nothing ever did. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CINNY
very repetitive, I can not imagine what her husband was thinking, watching his wife go through daily abuse. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mary granger