"I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win." - Rena Kornreich Gelissen.
On March 26, 1942, the first mass transport of Jews - 999 young women - arrived in Auschwitz. Among them was Rena Kornreich, the 716th woman numbered in camp. A few days later, her sister Danka arrives and so begins a trial of love and courage that will last three years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp to the end of the war.
Rena's Promise stands out from other memoirs not only for the mere length of time she spent in the camps (no other survivor from the first transport has ever written about her experience) but for her dedication to honoring the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, prisoners, and even guards. From her escape from Dr. Mengele's experiment detail to her surreal meetings with SS woman Irma Grese, Rena tells a dynamic tale of courage and compassion that reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit, and the power of people to help one another in unimaginable circumstances, be they Gentile or Jew, German or Pole, kapo or prisoner.
©1994 Heather Dune Macadan and Rena Kornreich Gelissen (P)2013 Heather Dune Macadam and Rena Kornreich Gelissen
This isn't a professional recording or reading, and the story suffers slightly because of it. The editing is blatantly obvious (the volume alternates drastically, sometimes within sentences). I liken it to being read a book by an elementary school teacher. Sometimes, you can hear noises in the background (chirping birds) and Macadam's makes multiple mistakes that weren't corrected. Her "acted out" voices often take away from the seriousness of the situations faced. It's a great book -- I just wish it had been recorded by a professional in a proper studio.
I Loved Rena. Her story was amazing and I can not believe just how strong she was and how much she cared for her family and friends!
I thought she did a great job, and I enjoyed the way she sounded
I loved the book, i felt as though I was attached to the characters and thought the story was real and a true of what it was like in the camps. I also really enjoyed the facts they provided which just proved how real the story really was!
It's simply a wonderful book . And the author, Heather Macadam, is the perfect reader.
The scene where Danka is nearly taken by Mengele. I had my heart in my mouth.
It's my first. But I hope she does more. Soon.
An inspiring story of human courage and the transformative power of love.
One of the best books I have ever read - I can't wait to hear this audio version.
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