To Life: 36 Stories of Memory and Hope

Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yitzchak Mais, Igor Kotler

Publisher: Bulfinch

These 36 personal recollections include stories of survivors of the Holocaust’s concentration camps, of partisans and liberators, and of Zionists. There’s the story of a rabbinical student, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter struggling to survive in the Vilna Ghetto; a story in which a family escaped from Germany in 1940 and came to the U.S., bringing with them a Torah scroll from a Hamburg synagogue; and another in which a Czech teacher survived the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. The 140 photographs from the collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City include sepia and black-and-white prints of children and their parents in Poland, Lithuania, France, Italy, and Greece; a photo of a workshop in the Lodz Ghetto; one of a page from the Passover Haggadah handwritten in Hebrew; and a wedding photograph taken in 1921 in Germany. These extraordinary recollections not only document the horrors of the Holocaust but also extol the continuity of Jewish life. George Cohen
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