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Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey
     

Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey

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by Susan J. Gordon
 

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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

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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.

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Arthur Kurzweil
Because of Eva is a book of inspiration . . . a Jewish celebration, and a universally human book. It is a profoundly moving story, and also a story within a story. . . . With the talents of a gifted storyteller, Gordon uses language to approach the indescribable, and the window she offers readers is very real, often painful, and amazingly generous.
Amy Hill Hearth
Because of Eva is an unflinching, honest, and brave memoir, a woman's journey to come to terms with her family's shattered history. At times bewildered, but never bitter, Gordon explores this difficult topic with tremendous insight and sensitivity.
Renee Stern Steinig
I was immediately gripped by Gordon's unfolding story and vivid portrayal of the personalities and relationships of her relatives. Her research on the historical context of their lives, and her exploration of family secrets and myths will be models for the genealogical community.
Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
As Gordon searches for and retells the heretofore hidden stories of her family, she reconnects them to her own life. This is a moving, well-written, entertaining, yet haunting book of events and stories based on the Jewish experience.
ZichronNote - Beth Galleto
The book is a model of how to make a family history book come alive.
The Jewish Advocate - Marilyn Lipton Okonow
"Because of Eva" is a personal, heartfelt journey toward clarity in Susan J. Gordon's own broken family, but it is so much more. Gordon's perseverance, perceptiveness and courage should inspire others to delve into their own families' past, and find their place in the chain of Jewish history..Those with an interest in genealogy or the Holocaust, or anyone with estranged relatives in a branch of their tree, will be informed, touched and, most importantly, inspired by Gordon's work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815634430
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
04/20/2016
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Because of Eva: A Jewish Genealogical Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BBrian 9 months ago
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.