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Walk Forward Paperback – September 25, 2012
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From the Author
We "walk forward," but we will never forget!
The letters cited in Walk Forward were donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on May 9, 2013, and are available for research in Washington, D.C., with summaries on the Museum's website.
"Walk Forward," includes information from letters written by her father, Herman, and his brother Alfred, to their cousin Masha in Israel. The letters and the historical record verify stories the author's parents told her. The letters were in Israel until 2013, when the author's newly found cousin Nira sent them to her in the United States.
The book is nonfiction, was written over a period of twenty years, and includes chapters on the author's father, Herman, alternating with chapters on her mother, Louise.
It is incredible that so many years after the Holocaust, members of the second and third generation continue to search for closure regarding lost family and continue to find new family members and family trees.
The author published the book with the hope that some may join in the search for a lost sibling and uncover new information as all known research databases and contacts have failed to verify the fate of the lost child, who most probably perished in the Holocaust.
A father's hope is eternal in the command to her and her two younger sisters:
"If someone comes to you one day and says she is your sister, you must believe her."
About the Author
Rosa Shine Raskin was born on February 20, 1948, in Karlsruhe, Germany. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and younger sister, as a displaced (stateless) person on the USS General William C. Langfitt in 1951. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Columbus and Cincinnati. She has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Microbiolgy, both from The Ohio State University. She also has an M.L.S. in Library Science from Kent State University. She is currently a freelance writer, researcher, and consultant, after having worked in hospitals, government, and the Fortune 100 for over 30 years. She founded Rosa S. Raskin & Associates, LLC, in 2007, and has three blogs on the web including "Precious Cooking," "Information Specialist Secrets," and "Most Precious Memories." She has published more than a dozen articles on paint and coatings in trade journals, having been taught by her father, at the age of eight, to paint the bricks on houses. Her book, "Walk Forward," includes information on her family including her father, a Holocaust survivor, her devoted mother, younger siblings, and her lost, older half-sister, Eugenia Chimowicz.
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During the years after the war while he half heartedly began the process of repairing his life, Herman questioned returned prisoners of the concentration camp in an effort to hear news of his daughter and got none. Herman still refused to have his daughter declared dead.
In the author's desperate attempt to find her biological sister, Walk Forward reads like a long letter to her. She spoke to her of her family, their love for her, their travels, and lineage, while never letting go of the hope that Eugenia was alive. You learn of the carnage and the suffering of World War 2 survivors from this author's personal vantage point built with bits and pieces told to her by her father, and other family members.
The story takes you on the impossible odyssey yet gives a detailed account of the events of one of the most horrific wars in history, from the cattle trains loaded with dying human beings to the death chambers where the terrified, bewildered victims met their dark destinies.
Rosa Raskin leaves no clue unexamined regarding her oldest sisters whereabouts in her intense research where she reports everything, including exact dates of events of the Holocaust in motion - right down to the tattooed numbers on the arms of some of the survivors.
Raskin illuminates the reports of a hell by design, choreographed by a mad man, in striking detail. She seems to be talking with Eugenia over tea about her father's beginnings while paying testimony to her father's love for his first born, and she does it well. She speaks to the reign of Hitler and how this family of devoted Jews intended to migrate to Israel and while the notion may have saved them, they in turn could not conceive of the horrors that followed their delayed plans until it was too late.
This true story has a way of keeping your attention on one of the millions of families separated from their dreams by Hitler's insanity... You get to know these people and care for them, most especially Herman, the man who survived the worst imaginable while never letting go of his belief that his nine year old daughter Eugenia did too.
Herman did survive but the question remains in the center of his daughter Rosa's book; Did he ever really heal? His daughter Rosie endured her father's legacy and his nightmare when she gave it a voice in her beautiful love letter to her missing sister.