Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journeyby Susan J. Gordon
In Because of Eva, an American Jewish woman travels to Eastern Europe and Israel to solve mysteries in her family's past by delving into World War II and Holocaust history. What began as a seemingly simple search for "Eva," the elderly relative who had signed Gordon's grandfather's death certificate in New York long ago, became a journey of discovery when Gordon found her in Tel Aviv. There, she heard Eva's stories of survival during the Holocaust, especially in Nazi-occupied Budapest. Eventually, Gordon would retrace Eva's steps in Budapest and visit ancestral towns in Ukraine to bear witness to the slaughter of entire populations of Jews. Amid remnants of loss and destruction in the small town where her grandfather was born, Gordon also uncovered details of her family's world before relatives immigrated to America. Gordon's journey into her past provided the deep sense of connection and belonging she needed as an adult child of divorce and abuse. Gaining insight about her family's history, Gordon reconciles issues of betrayal and loyalty, and finally finds her place in Judaism. Part memoir, part detective story, Because of Eva is an intimate tale of one woman's history within the epic sweep of world events in the twentieth century.
- Syracuse University Press
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Meet the Author
Susan J. Gordon is the author of Wedding Days: When and How Great Marriages Began and many magazine and newspaper articles. She is a member of the American Jewish Press Association, Authors Guild, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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Great book, which is well written and researched by author Susan Gordon. Susan Gordon documents the genealogy of both sides of her family but focuses on one relative, Eva. Eva, made sacrifice after sacrifice to help all those who she came into contact with, especially during World War Two Budapest, where she worked with the Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in saving thousands of Jews from being murdered by the Germans and their accomplices. Through numerous interviews with Eva, Susan Gordon provides the reader with a first hand account of the plight of Hungarian Jews during The Holocaust. Additionally, Susan tracked down the German Commandant of Ghetto created in the Polish town of one of her grandparents and the reader learns this murderer was in fact, although only one of the few Germans, brought to justice. This is a great book for those interested in genealogy, the plight of Jewish immigrants to America in the early 1900's, the Jewish community of Budapest, Raoul Wallenberg, etc.