“This is a beautifully written saga of a Jewish familybefore, during and after World War II. The Holocaust must neverbe forgotten. The historical value of survivor testimonies isimportant to preserving the collective memory ofhumanity.” – Hanna Davidson Pankowsky, author of East of the Storm: Outrunning the Holocaust in Russia
“This is a book that works on so many levels: as the biography of a Polish Jew who narrowly escapes two murderous totalitarian systems, as a personal journey that leads to a new life in the United States marked by optimism and accomplishment—and, above all, as the beautiful, heartfelt tribute of a daughter to her remarkable father.”– Andrew Nagorski, author of Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (2012)
“The deeper I went into In the Unlikeliest of Places the more I found my eyes tearing upnot from the suffering of victims of the Holocaust but from the beauty of the extraordinary courage and success of Nachman Libeskind. It is, of course, the success of a whole family, a whole people refusing to accept defeat, but it's especially the defiance and joy in his spirit that is so moving. When he goes to Berlin to see the Jewish Museum, designed by his son, Daniel Libeskind, and when he takes up painting in his eighties, not as an old man's busywork but with craft, power, verve, and a brilliant sense of color and compositionthose victories moved me more than any recent book on the Holocaust and survival. That man! You're going to love him and love the people who supported and believed in him, especially his wife Dora and his childrenAnnette and Danieland his grandchildren. ”
John J. Clayton, author of Many Seconds into the Future (2014) and Mitzvah Man (2011)
About the Author
Annette Libeskind Berkovits was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland and the fledgling state of Israel before coming to America at age sixteen. In her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, she spearheaded the institution’s nationwide and worldwide science education programs. Her achievements include the first-ever agreement to bring environmental education to China’s schools. The National Science Foundation has recognized her outstanding leadership in the field.
Daniel Libeskind is an internationally renowned architect, known for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Dublin Performing Arts Center in Dublin, Ireland. His practice is designing commercial, residential, and cultural buildings around the world. His Master Plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City was selected in 2003 and has served as the blueprint for the entire site, including the Freedom Tower, the Memorial, the Museum, and the PATH Terminal.