Audie Award Winner, Biography and Memoir, 2013
Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.
©1999 Sara Tuvel Bernstein (P)2011 Tantor
"There are many recent accounts of Holocaust victims, but this work stands alone as a testimony to personal strength and an independent spirit." (Library Journal)
This is a heart wrenching story, beautifully narrated. It is a story that needed to be told and heard. It is a wonderful book!
I had no expectations for this book. I usually stick to books people have recommended. It was on a list of Buy two get one free. I was not disappointed!
I loved the narration, the author and of course Sara. Life dealt her a pretty tough hand and through it all she cared for and loved others, worked hard no matter what, made the best decisions she could at any given moment, stood up for what she knew was right, found happiness as often as possible and in the end had no regrets. We could all learn a few things from her and her life. Amazing!
Absolutely engulfing!!! Loved feeling as if I were there!! Narrator was great!!!! Highly recommended listen!!!!!
This was a really great book. I enjoyed the entire story from beginning to end. The narrator was very good. and I greatly appreciated the struggles that she shared in her book.
I would listen to this again. It was a wonderful listen but also so informative and encouraging. The strength and attitude this woman had during the things she endured is amazing. Somehow it gives you strength once you listen.
That Sara survived and through all her turmoil she kept amazingly strong and positive.
I loved the part where she and her siblings confronted the other children on the bridge on the way home from school. Sort of her first challenge in life.
I have heard many stories of the horrible things that happened to the Jews during this time but never felt like it was coming from a survivor. Brings a whole new understanding.
I can't imagine why there were difficulties getting this published. What a great story of courage, determination,sisterhood, in a time of unspeakable inhumanity, read beautifully.
I really love to read these memoirs from Jewish survivors who endured the Holocaust and survived. Millions of others did not have this privilege. By telling her story, Seren Tuval Bernstein brings glory to her compatriots who suffered under the yoke of Nazism.
Atleast for me, this was a different type of Holocaust survival story. It begins with the birth of Seren in Romania and journeys to Hungary where she eventually falls into the trap of mass arrest and deportation. Her capture and train ride is painstakingly explained and includes the harrowing and utter tragic death of her sister, Zipporah. There is much detail of life in Ravensbruck and the simple will to survive the harshest of conditions. The story is intriguing because it details life before the war and during its initial and final phases.
There is something more graphic in this memoir that is somewhat unique to this book in particular. It shows that antisemitism was not only in Germany but existed and thrived in most European countries. The inhuman effect it had upon the Jewish population can be well understood when reading this book. Some ignored its affect until the final solution whilst others fled its evil tentacles. It is impossible to fathom the hatred within such groups as Romania’s Iron Guard and Hungary’s Arrow Cross Party.
This is a must read for those interested in these times. Narration is also extremely well done.
Obviously, this type of book isn't for everyone, because, even if you're generally interested, it can weigh you down a bit. I devoured it in a short time, but even then, took a few breaks just to lighten my mood. That being said, it isn't horrible in terms of violence or extreme scenes, and overall is uplifting. I really would hope it would get more coverage, because the story and the treatment of it both wonderful. The writer (or writers, more precisely) kept just the right emotional tone, where what has to be dealt with, whatever it is in the story, is being dealt with, just as you would experience it firsthand, if it were you. One forgets that at every stage in the increasing horrors that happened under the Nazis, those experiencing them only dealt with what was in front of their eyes at that moment, with no context that we have now in hindsight. More than most books of this genre, this seems to allow you to feel the moment to moment reality yourself in a way that is very engaging and satisfying. That was part of the message of the book, really, that each relationship we have, each person in themselves, is valuable, which is the essential horror of the holocaust that for that time and for those people, they rejected that concept in such a profound way.
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