Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter's Tribute [NOOK Book]

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Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter's Tribute is an illustrated intergenerational memoir of the author’s father, Morton (Miksa) Fuchs, and Zoltán Kubinyi, the Commanding Officer who saved him and over 100 Hungarian Jewish men in forced labor under his command during the Holocaust.

Captured as a POW by the liberating Russian Army, Zoltan Kubinyi, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, died a year later in a Siberian labor camp, and was buried in an unmarked...
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Overview

Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter's Tribute is an illustrated intergenerational memoir of the author’s father, Morton (Miksa) Fuchs, and Zoltán Kubinyi, the Commanding Officer who saved him and over 100 Hungarian Jewish men in forced labor under his command during the Holocaust.

Captured as a POW by the liberating Russian Army, Zoltan Kubinyi, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, died a year later in a Siberian labor camp, and was buried in an unmarked grave. Because of Morton Fuchs’ testimony, he was posthumously honored as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem.

The story of rescue came full circle in the summer of 2011 when the author and her brother took their children back to Hungary to meet the rescuer's family. With the rescuer’s son, an infant when his father went off to war, his wife and granddaughters -- the great grandchildren of Zoltan Kubinyi -- the author’s family discussed the heroic actions of this compassionate and courageous man none of them knew but who has made such an indelible impact on all their lives.

Legacy of Rescue is a story that inspires all of us to make a difference in everyday life.

“You may think you have read everything you wanted about this era. But you will find this book will stir you to tears and inspire you with courage.” John Duge, Ph.D., M.D. Retired Pastor, Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, San Francisco, CA
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Editorial Reviews

Legacy of Rescue - John Duge, PhD, MD
The Holocaust and the Nazi era have been much written about. But you will find few with such a first-person feel, or so full of intriguing detail as the story Marta Fuchs tells here. Legacy of Rescue is about the experiences of her father, Morton (Miksa) Fuchs, and his family, as Jews in Nazi-era Hungary. You may think you have read everything you ever wanted to hear about this era; but you will find this book will stir you to tears, and inspire you with courage.
Legacy of Rescue - Jon Herzenberg, PsyD
Legacy of Rescue is that rare big story that reaches across timelines, across countries and beyond one's individual family story and touches the human story. In this global technological post 9/11 era, we use the term hero frequently. Marta shares this personal story of heroism from the past, richly describing the power of one man's actions. This inspirational message of hope, history, and legacy brings history to life, making the political personal, and helping us all reflect on ourselves.
Legacy of Rescue - Helen Epstein
Like so many members of the 2nd Generation, Marta Fuchs grew up with a family fractured by the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, its members scattered throughout the world. In her family of Hungarian Jews, the living members emigrated at different times. The dead lived on in stories, one of the most compelling that of Zoltan Kubinyi. Fuchs weaves these stories into her own search to document, commemorate & integrate the past and draw a portrait of a Righteous Christian in the Shoah.
Legacy of Rescue - Anita Barrows, PhD
The pilgrimage made in this book is a pilgrimage into the author’s past, narrated in order to preserve that past and allow it to inform the future. Though it centers on painful events, Legacy is a greatly uplifting book about the nobility to which human beings can rise in catastrophic moments. Both men, survivor and rescuer, stand as examples to us of the love we are capable of in the midst of horror and destruction. The book is written with deep authenticity and in exquisite prose.
Legacy of Rescue - Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT, BCT
As survivors, perpetrators, & witnesses of the Holocaust pass into history, Legacy stands as a moving memorial to her parents, the extraordinary man who saved her father's life, and a farewell to a remarkable generation. When someone is handed such a huge, traumatic inheritance, one must make meaning out of the horror & heroic stories of survival, or be engulfed by a tsunami of grief. Legacy instills a battered yet resilient hope in the reader & a renewed belief in essential human goodness.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015773415
  • Publisher: Csaladnak Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Marta Fuchs was born in Budapest and lived with her family in Tokaj until they escaped to the U.S. in the wake of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. She holds a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Library Science, both from UC Berkeley, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from JFK University. Marta is a professional librarian and Director of Library Services at Drew School, a college preparatory high school in San Francisco, CA. She is also a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Albany, CA. With her brother Henry Fuchs she wrote the multigenerational extended family memoir, Fragments of a Family: Remembering Hungary, the Holocaust, and Emigration to a New World.

For over two decades, Marta Fuchs has spoken about Zoltan Kubinyi in schools, temples, churches, and interfaith programs. She has also been featured in newspaper articles and television programs, and has presented at city-wide programs, conferences and Holocaust Commemorations in the US and Hungary. She has also provided clinical trainings in workshops and conferences to other health care providers working with Holocaust survivors and their families.

Website: www.legacyofrescue.org
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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Some themes that have come up in book presentations and serving

    Some themes that have come up in book presentations and serving as catalysts for engaging discussions1. All of us can make a difference in everyday life by caring, speaking up, showing respect, kindness, and compassion for others
    2. The past is always present; we are all shaped by what happened to us growing up as well as what shaped our parents’ lives and therefore our own; knowing your family roots can enable you to have a sense of connection, continuity, identity
    3. We must consciously teach through modeling respect for differences, cultivate empathy and altruism in our children at home and in our schools
    4. It’s important to honor those who have risked their lives to save others; to show and inspire others to find their own courage to do the right thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    This is a treasure of a book. I found it deeply personal, yet un

    This is a treasure of a book. I found it deeply personal, yet universal and above all human. I recommend this for anyone interested in the human spirit and the power of human decency. For me, it reads like a conversation with the people described in the book. I think it would be great for a book club or seminar discussion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    "After Marta Fuchs had given a reading, and spoken to a roo

    "After Marta Fuchs had given a reading, and spoken to a room full of my friends, about her book, many asked me to arrange for another meeting. Legacy of Rescue is a powerful book, written so that the courage of one man, who gave his life so that the innocent would survive in very dark times, not be forgotten. Marta is a dynamic speaker who has made her father's story and that of his rescuer, her own story and that of her
    children. It is a story that should be heard by both young and old, Jew and Christian alike." ~ I

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Ms. Fuchs artfully combines her compelling personal history with

    Ms. Fuchs artfully combines her compelling personal history with a gift for story telling. This is a touching book that offers something to all readers, no matter their background or knowledge of history. At the heart of it lies a story of poignant bravery which we are all the better for knowing.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    This is truly a remarkable story that will change the way you th

    This is truly a remarkable story that will change the way you think about life. Ms. Fuchs tells a beautiful story with such love and compassion that you get to know her loving family. No matter what your background is this is a story that will touch your heart and make you feel grateful for the life you have.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Review of Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter¿s Tribute by Marta Fuchs

    Review of Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter’s Tribute by Marta Fuchs




    I don’t imagine any reader, even the most jaded and world-weary, is going to be able to read this “memoir of sorts” without prodigious tears. I certainly couldn’t. Even if your weeping is internal rather than obvious, you’ll still be tearing up over the loss of lives, and also over the joy and hope and faith demonstrated here. Author Marta Fuchs, who has already, in combination with her brother Henry, published a memoir of their Hungarian Jewish family, here explores—primarily in the words of narrative recollection—the traumatic events of World War II in Eastern Europe, and of the subsequent Soviet occupation of Hungary in 1956. The author’s Jewish family suffered greatly, simply because of their religion and ethnicity, and many suffered even worse, including torture and death. Yet there were those such as the Commanding Officer of her father’s forced labor unit, a Hungarian Gentile (non-Jew), who guided and protected the men under his command; yet himself was taken prisoner by the Russian Army, conscripted into a forced labour camp in Siberia, and died from disease, never to return to his wife and son. Woven throughout the narratives are threads of compassion and terror, joy and torment, hope and fervor and faith. This is an unforgettable—and very true—story. Read it and weep—and you will.




    I reviewed a complimentary e-book copy via NetGalley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Judges commentary from the 20th Annual Writer¿s Digest Self-Pub


    Judges commentary from the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards --

    This is a tragic book with a hopeful and peaceful ending. Near the end of the book, Marta's daughter writes, "As soon as my shoes touched the cobblestones of Tokaj I couldn't help but feel a strong connection to my heritage." She adds that eating Hungarian food and drinking the Hungarian water make her feel close to the family. And that is what this book is about: relationships and heritage.
    The whole family is thankful for Zoltán Kubinyi, who saved Miksa's life so that the family has continued. Throughout the last fifty years, a few stories have emerged about those who rescued or saved Jews that survived to tell the tales. This book is special, with its family connections and Hungarian atmosphere. Even in America, for children born here like Sophie, the story continues, and is a delight to read.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Legacy of Rescue is a powerful story of survival and the surpris

    Legacy of Rescue is a powerful story of survival and the surprising ways that strangers can become like family members. The humanity and innate goodness of the key players in this gripping personal tale will live with you long after you finish the book. Marta's choice to maintain loyalty to her father's voice adds a beautiful personal element; we feel we are hearing her dear father recount his own experiences. This is a swift and compelling read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    History makes the biggest impression on me when I experience it

    History makes the biggest impression on me when I experience it through the perspective of particular individuals. Legacy of Rescue is a book that does just that. Although I read it months ago, I retain a strong and emotional memory of the account. This story of a Hungarian family surviving Nazi occupation is vividly told by the author, Marta Fuchs, the daughter of survivor parents. She narrates her family story and uses accounts from several members, including her own telling of their flight from Communist ruled Hungary when she was 5 years old.

    Though there are many Holocaust survivor histories, this book is centered not only on the author’s family, but on one righteous Hungarian soldier who disobeyed orders and, by his actions, saved 100 Jewish men under his command…but not his own life. Marta Fuchs leads us through her family’s process of finding this man’s family, acknowledging his bravery with recognition at Yad Vashem, honoring him in their home town of Tokaj, and gathering over a meal with generations of descendents from both families.

    I strongly recommend this personal and absorbing book.

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