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What Papa Told Me Paperback – September 13, 2010
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"Children and grandchildren of survivors also have their stories to tell. As is this one. All are poignant, just as they all are important to the understanding of the Event and its human implications and consequences." -Elie Wiesel, author of Night
"Listening to your elders is important. The stories they tell you can help you choose your own path in life. And nobody tells history better than someone who's been there. This book is the life story of Felice Cohen's grandfather, Murray. He grew up in Poland with loving parents and five siblings. When Murray was nineteen, the lot of them were consigned to ghettos or shipped off to German camps. "What Papa Told Me" is primarily Murray's oral history of his experiences in the camps. It took ingenuity, resourcefulness, and plain luck to survive. Clearly, Murray had all of those and an indefatigable spirit. He worked for the Germans for five years of his life combating pestilence, plague, and unimaginable abuse. The secondary portion of this book is how Murray made a life for his family in America afterwards. That combination of skills got him from abject poverty to a successful grocery business and a lovely retirement in Boca. Murray doesn't lecture in his tales. He shines by example and that's the best kind of hero to have." -Rebecca McFarland Kyle
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The countless hours my grandfather and I spent together working on this book were worth every minute. I wrote this book - my first - because my grandfather asked me to. The plan was to give copies to just our family, but after it was published it turned into so much more. Two honorable mention book awards, endorsements by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem, speaking engagements in numerous states at schools, synagogues and bookstores, schools purchasing the book for their Holocaust curriculum and much more. I'm fortunate to be able to share my grandfather's story with so many people and look forward to doing this for years to come.
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So what's next Felice?
Whether Jew, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, one of the other many religions of the world or atheist, this tale of suffering, determination, hope and despair is one you should read.
Saying "Yes, I know there was a holocaust" isn't enough... we all need to examine it and understand the impacts it had and continues to have.
I was grateful for this book!