Memory is Our Home: Loss and Remembering: Three Generations in Poland and Russia 1917-1960s (Edition Noema) Paperback – Import 15 Apr 2015

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Product Description Review This book is such a tremendous accomplishment. The small details of Eibuszyc's mother's survival constantly amazed me. Powerful in its simplicity the pages are all about the smallest things-the details about finding shelter surviving cold and hunger and how much a person can take. The importance of not forgetting or ensuring that the Jewish legacy survives that the Jewish culture and contribution to Poland are not erased. -- Marcy Dermansky Author of the Bad Marie This Memoir fascinates from the early paragraphs. Rarely has a book been written that pencils so bleak a portrait of the Poland that had been cloaked in the secrecy of life under Germany's iron fist. Even for those who lived those years in the rest of occupied Europe it presents an unfamiliar stark black and white vision of hell. -- Rudy Rosenberg author of And Somehow We Survive. This is an important autobiography the kind one seldom finds nowadays. [...] It is a rare intellectual treat how Roma eloquently intertwines her personal and family history with the prevailing general socio-political conditions and popular workers' movements of the Jews in Poland. We learn in minute details without them becoming dull or boring what life was like for her poor working-class family with a widowed single mother who together with one son became the main breadwinners. Her descriptions are so vivid that one can actually touch the poverty and feel her immense loss when her mother dies-twice. [...] Roma Talaszowic-Ejbuszyc has written a most compelling and illuminating memoir. In her straightforward style she encompasses life in its totality. It is highly recommended. -- Judy Weissenberg Cohen editor of "Women and the holocaust" "Memory is Our Home" is a powerful biographical memoir based on the diaries of Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc who was born in Warsaw before the end of World War I grew up during the interwar period and who after escaping the atrocities of World War II was able to survive in the vast territories of Soviet Russia and Uzbekistan. Translated by her own daughter interweaving her own recollections as her family made a new life in the shadows of the Holocaust in Communist Poland after the war and into the late 1960s this book is a rich living document a riveting account of a vibrant young woman's courage and endurance. A forty-year recollection of love and loss of hopes and dreams for a better world it provides richly-textured accounts of the physical and emotional lives of Jews in Warsaw and of survival during World War II throughout Russia. This book narrated in a compelling unique voice through two generations is the proverbial candle needed to keep memory alive. -- Rabbi Barbara Aiello Serrastretta Calabria Italy

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