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- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (December 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452655987
- ISBN-13: 978-1452655987
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
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A striking Holocaust memoir, posthumously published, by a Romanian Jew with an unusual story to tell. From its opening pages, in which she recounts her own premature birth, triggered by terrifying rumors of an incipient pogrom, Bernstein's tale is clearly not a typical memoir of the Holocaust. She was born into a large family in rural Romania between the wars and grew up feisty and willing to fight back physically against anti-Semitism from other schoolchildren. She defied her father's orders to turn down a scholarship that took her to Bucharest, and got herself expelled from that school when she responded to a priest/teacher's vicious diatribe against the Jews by hurling a bottle of ink at him. Ashamed to return home after her expulsion, she looked for work in Bucharest and discovered a talent for dressmaking. That talent--and her blond hair, blue eyes, and overall Gentile appearance--allowed her entry into the highest reaches of Romanian society, albeit as a dressmaker. Bernstein recounts the growing shadow of the native fascist movement, the Iron Guard, a rising tide of anti-Semitic laws, and finally, the open persecution of Romania's Jews. After a series of incidents that ranged from dramatic escapes to a year in a forced labor detachment, Sara ended up in Ravensbrck, a women's concentration camp deep in Germany. Nineteen out of every twenty women transported there died. The author, her sister Esther, and two other friends banded together and, largely due to Sara's extraordinary street smarts and intuition, managed to survive. Although Bernstein was not a professional writer, she tells this story with style and power. Her daughter Marlene contributes a moving epilogue to close out Sara's life. One of the best of the recent wave of Holocaust memoirs. (b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." ---Library Journal
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As much as I respect Seren Tuvel Bernstein - and while I have nothing but admiration for her strength and her courage - I'm sorry to say that I wasn't very interested in the first part of the book that took place starting in 1929 and her reminiscences of her childhood and young adult years. While that doesn't take away from the importance of her memoir, or its historical significance, it wasn't until her memoir reached November 1943 and she and her sister were arrested in Budapest that her story really picked up speed for me. Still, this is an interesting memoir and just because it fell a little flat for me is no reason for anyone interested in World War 2 or the Holocaust to pass it by.
Never forget. Thank you Ms. Tuval Bernstein for helping us remember that. May your memory always be for a blessing.
I think it has a very slow start because the author starts with her earliest memories in Romania. If you decide to read, you will soon be swept into the craziness of WWII and bigotry. It has been a month since I read the book and I am still haunted by some of the experiences of the author.
For.me this is a must read for those interested in this topic.
I had always wondered what it truly felt like in the moment of this horrible piece if history, and now I feel as if I understand it on a significantly more personal level. Read this; it is a life-changer.