"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.
Yes; although hard to follow this book shows how the love, mutual commitment, and wit of two sisters helped them to survive years in a concentration camp.
Yes, see above.
Well … yes. The biography is compelling although I am not likely to re-read it because the book's organization between the past and present makes it too difficult to follow. It could have benefitted from another round of editing before it went to print.
The substance of the book would make a good movie.
The way the sisters stayed together always.
Not my favorite. I didn't like her voice because it didn't vary much and wasn't very convincing.
No because I've listened to several. The narrator took away from the story, thus the emotions.
The narration was awful! Author narrated and it sounds like she is sitting in her kitchen. Strange decision that will, unfortunately, cost the author money and future readers.
No. While their writing is commendable, choices for narration are not.
Very unprofessional. It is disappointing because she made Rena sound very whiny and a little spoiled - which is ridiculous. Rena is the heroine and the narrator's interpretation of her voice ruined it.
The actual story (i.e. what happened to
Rena and others) is nice.
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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