I am a 60-something streak reader. I like classic literature as well as mysteries, but blood and gore are not my "cup of tea."
I ordered this book some time ago, but wanted to wait to listen to it until I could devote more uninterrupted time to such a difficult topic. Sara Tuvel Bernstein survived the holocaust in Eastern Europe. Her autobiography is a richly detailed narrative of her experiences in villages and cities of Bulgaria, Romania, and Germany during the rise of anti-Semitism and the terror of Hitler's armies. Bernstein was able to skirt some of the worst of the era by using her skills as a seamstress to earn money for the support of family and herself. However, even those skills did not save her from the death camps. Through arrests, detention, forced labor and internment, Bernstein's strong voice and will to survive horrible circumstances can be heard.
In some holocaust memoirs, the focus is often on the brutality of the captors. The difference with Bernstein's memoir is that the brutality is certainly evident, but we experience it through a brave young woman's desire to preserve her humanity.
If I were able to "command" it, I would make this required reading for everyone. We have to remember what was done in the name of racial supremacy, which is the most cancerous idea ever promulgated by human kind.
Wanda McCaddon did a fabulous job of reading this book.
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She is so matter a fact about starvation she endured that you almost didn't understand how bad it was. When they weighed her at the hospital at the end I was shocked.
When the soldier was crying carrying her at the hospital.
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Every once in a while a memoir comes along that moves me to tears and opens my heart and mind to an entirely new world. Of course I've read about the horrors of the holocaust, and have even read a couple Holocaust memoirs, but Sara Tuvel Bernstein's memoir is a deeply personal glimpse into a survivor's experience-- and a very unique experience at that. I couldn't put it down, and, when I wasn't reading, I couldn't stop thinking about it! I'm forever changed as a result and feel so lucky to have been able to see through her eyes, if even just for a moment in time.
This memoir begins with the author's childhood in Transylvania and describes the discrimination that Jews had to live with in their ordinary lives and takes you through her survival during the holocaust and then into her life afterward. It's a great story that is very well read. I was sorry to see it end.
After I bought this book, I thought it might be graphic and depressing and although it is very sad, it is a very good story. I love historically books and this one does an excellent job of telling the holocost story from the viewpoint of a Jewish seamstress. I would highly recommend this to anyone as this is something we should never forget.