These are the words of Yonah Steiner. They are also the sound of his spirit, a spirit which beats with bravery, power and hope–and the fierce will to survive. Words that jump from the marrow of memory in this remarkable tale of a child-hero seized by the Nazis on his walk home from school and thrown into a terrifying nightmare that cast him straight into the belly of evil. This book is also the story of an eighteen-year old girl ...
These are the words of Yonah Steiner. They are also the sound of his spirit, a spirit which beats with bravery, power and hope–and the fierce will to survive. Words that jump from the marrow of memory in this remarkable tale of a child-hero seized by the Nazis on his walk home from school and thrown into a terrifying nightmare that cast him straight into the belly of evil.
This book is also the story of an eighteen-year old girl who travels around the world to search for Yonah, carrying a barely legible address on an old envelope with instructions from her grandfather to "find my brother's son," only to discover a lost family she did not know she had. The author spends the next thirty-eight years painstakingly stitching together Yonah's heart-rending memories; she handles the shattered
bone, bloodied flesh, and trampled psyche of his tale with such tenderness and care that you will weep–and celebrate as Yonah emerges strong and whole.
With a powerful hand, the author writes the steely truth of a family's multi-generational destiny to embrace the remnants of the past and nurture the connective tissue into a solid present and linked future with compassion, endurance, forgiveness–––and love.
"Chilling, riveting, authentic testimony. This is a story about a boy whose walk home from school becomes a 60-year odyssey of instinctive survival: from seven years of brutality under Nazi terror, navigating the post war chaos, fighting to rebuild his life in the fledgling State of Israel, reconnecting with a missing link of his family, and then facing his past with strength and acceptance. You just want to hug this hard, tough man because you know his heart is larger than his pain."
"Every once in awhile something special comes my way. In this instance Ms Steiner van Rooyen has transformed infamous pages in our collective history, often relegated to an unfortunate and bitter remembrance of all that lies just beneath the surface of humanity, into something very real, very personal. I never got to meet Yonah Steiner, yet he has been with me every day since I read his testimony. Yonah's tenacity and clear-cut battle for survival in a world gone mad is beyond inspirational."
"I stayed up most of the night reading this book. It's a brave and beautiful work of the heart, spirit and soul." Shira Nayman, author, AWAKE IN THE DARK
"Yonah Steiner. A boy of courage. A man of courage. An unsung hero whose powerful words are being heard at last. Let this book be handed down from generation to generation so we never forget to remember."
After leaving the United States for Israel in 1969 to work as a volunteer on Kibbutz Ginosar, Deborah [Steiner} van Rooyen completed her university education in Jerusalem, joined the army settlement of Nachal Yam in the Sinai during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, then traveled extensively through Southeast Asia and Japan where she worked as a freelance photographer. Her later adventures have taken her to South Africa and Egypt and more recently to Amman, Jordan where she worked as a design consultant for Her Majesty Queen Noor's Jordan River Design Foundation, helping rural village women and refugees develop crafts and textiles for export markets. In 2002 Harper Collins published her last memoir about a love affair gone overboard in "BOAT BASTARD– a Love/Hate Story", chosen as the #1 "summer read" in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and reviewed as "entertaining from stem to stern" in People Magazine. The author was also one of the main speakers at the Boston Globe Literary Luncheon in 2002. Currently Deborah van Rooyen lives in Brookline, MA where she works as an International Investigations Specialist (see:http://www.aCertainJustice.com) assisting in the location and recovery of international missing persons cases, international parental child abductions, the recovery of Holocaust-era properties, as well as in helping in the reunification of dislocated families and is often privately retained to conduct genealogical research. Her recent investigations have taken her abroad on diverse cases in Cairo, Egypt and western Ireland. For more information about the author, please visit the website: www.doveonabarbedwire.com and www.acertainjustice.com