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A Stone for Benjamin Paperback – October 24, 2013
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In "A Stone for Benjamin" the author makes it personal as she starts with nothing more than a picture and turns it into a fascinating journey to find out who the man in the picture is, when and why he disappeared from his home in France and how he ended up at Auschwitz.
In this slim volume (under 100 pages), the author takes us with her through genealogical findings and then through visits to Europe, including heartbreaking stops at several concentration camps and other important places in order to satisfy her need to solve the question of Benjamin.
It's rare that an author can make me care about someone I don't know, it's her family after all, not mine, but she somehow managed to make it seem like Benjamin could have been my great-uncle or even yours. Highly recommended.
Thanks to Fiona, we can know and remember Benjamin and his family in spite of the Nazi's diabolical plan to strip them of their identities and reduce them to numbers.
I am giving a copy of this book to my son. It is too easy for the younger generations to see these atrocities as just something that happened to people far away, a long time ago. It is important that he understands where he came from and where he could have ended up if it weren't for the timing of his birth.
Of course, the gravitas of the extermination of the Jews in the second world war is enormous, but when a relative takes you on such a journey to another relative, who you can never know, and learn the horror that he, his wife, children, brother, and other family members faced, ... well it is quite overwhelming. I so admire Fiona's great courage to do this journey and will be forever grateful she did. As I read, I mourned the family that we should have known today, all the more because our extended family is full of richly textured and quite unconventional characters, who bring great joy and meaning into my life when we meet, which is sadly too infrequently. I also felt what must have been my father's and grandparents' grief who, alive at the time but safe in Scotland, must have been consumed with worry for my grandmothers' Polish relatives left behind after her emigration.
There are many things one could conclude from a book such as A Stone for Benjamin, but for me the most important is that we must work to stay in each others' lives, and keep the connections vibrating. It is the least we can do for those in our family, who would have so relished to have that opportunity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a work of love. An intricately researched memoir that plucks a long-deceased relative out of obscurity, and, with the authors words, makes him a man we come to know and... Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Yankeelin
Received from Fire and Ice Book Tours for an honest review.
A Stone for Benjamin by Fiona Gold Kroll was a beautiful read. Read more
Excellent and detailed account of Nazi doings....
Through out the book I found author brought elements of humanity to this sad tale. Read more
A well researched and compelling account of the search for a maternal great uncle, swallowed up in the Holocaust. The story glides from the present to the past and back again. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Mark H. Cohen
This is a classic can't-put-it-down book. It is an autobiographical work telling the story of the search for a relative lost during the holocaust. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Phil
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. It was a lovely book! Very moving yet comforting at the same times. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Leevje