Appel is Forever: A Child's Memoir

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Born in Amsterdam in 1935, Suzanne Mehler Whiteley saw the ravages of war through a child's eyes. Her memoir, written in the voice of a young girl, describes the years before the invasion of Holland, her experiences during the German occupation, her time spent in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and her childhood afterward in Europe and then the United States.

Appel Is Forever describes in a child's words atrocities that should never be seen by anyone. Through young ...

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Born in Amsterdam in 1935, Suzanne Mehler Whiteley saw the ravages of war through a child's eyes. Her memoir, written in the voice of a young girl, describes the years before the invasion of Holland, her experiences during the German occupation, her time spent in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and her childhood afterward in Europe and then the United States.

Appel Is Forever describes in a child's words atrocities that should never be seen by anyone. Through young Suzanne's introspection, readers are invited to see beyond the history of events to their deeper meaning. We come to see how the miracle of having survived opens a child up to the potential for playfulness and even happiness, while a young girl's observations of coming to her new country remind us of both the promises and hardships of the American dream.

The author describes her experiences during the Holocaust between the ages of five and nine, in Amsterdam, as a prisoner in the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, and eventually in the United States.

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Suzanne Mehler Whiteley was born in Amsterdam in 1935 and saw the ravages of World War II through a child's eyes. Appel Is Forever: A Child's Memoir is written in the voice of a young girl and describes the years before the invasion of Holland, her experiences during the German occupation, her time spent as a prisoner within the infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and her childhood after the end of the war both in Europe and then the United States. This is a compelling, candid account of atrocities. Yet through the young Suzanne's introspection, we see beyond the history of events to a deeper meaning. Here is the miracle of having survived when millions of other perished, and after the horrors of the Holocaust, the promises and hardships of the American dream. Appel Is Forever is a welcome and unusual contribution to both Holocaust studies, Judaic studies, and Women's studies reading lists and reference collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328224
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 845,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Mehler Whiteley, a Holocaust survivor, is now a trained therapist in private practice in Evanston, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2005

    Great book. Well written from the perspective of a child as she was during her experience.

    This is a fascinating true story. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this period of history. Each survivor's story is unique I have never read one that repeats the same information. Read this book and realize how lucky you are to be living - gain appreciation and perspective.

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