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Love in a World of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs

Love in a World of Sorrow: A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs

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by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Weintraub

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Simcha Media Group
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8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)
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6 - 9 Years

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Love In A World Of Sorrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Love in a World of Sorrow' is the best account of the Holocaust I have ever read and, I am sure, will ever read. Its real distinctiveness is the candor, the honesty, the openness, and the reaching out to the reader in sharing thoughts and feelings that are rarely (never?) shared. I felt that I lived a little of the experience with Fanya, albeit in the security of my living room. Her many months behind the chicken coop, her lying down on the pine needles in the forest during the mass killings, and her many intimate conversations with her parents and her rescuers brought a textual reality that is part of the fabric of my own memory forever. Indeed, I had trouble sleeping last night as I relived Fanya Heller's words. Her memory of those horrific times - which is now a part of me as well - will always be unsettling. 'Love in a World of Sorrow' is a rare volume, a story of the day-to-day emotions and feelings of survival, and a gift from an exceptionally talented, loving, and beautiful woman.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
LOVE IN A WORLD OF SORROW: A TEENAGE GIRL’S HOLOCAUST MEMOIRS by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller. The book contains an author’s preface to the 3rd edition (April 2015), an author’s preface to the 2nd edition (December 2004), a foreword, 8 chapters (spanning Fanya’s 18th birthday, September 26-29, 1942 to Fanya, age 20-21, August-December, 1945), an epilogue (2004) and information about the author, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller. Many photographs are included, also. I referred to these access points often while reading, especially the epilogue and author information. [I was given this book to read by Gefen Publishing in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.] We meet Fanya in September, 1942, on the eve of her 18th birthday. It was the beginning of the aktsia - the extermination of the Jewish community of Skala. Skala was an old, market town on the shore of the Zbrucz River (in present-day Ukraine). The river served as a border between Poland and the Soviet Union after the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1919. It was a small town of 5,500 inhabitants, consisting of Greek Orthodox Ukrainians, Catholic Poles and some 1500 Jews. Fanya is a very intelligent, articulate girl growing up with a close-knit extended family. She presents us with a day-by-grueling-day of Holocaust survival. It is an account of unimaginable pain and suffering, starvation, torture, rape, despair and desperation. It is also an account of hope, courage and perseverance. The ruthlessness and persistence of German and Ukrainian militias and their sympathizers in hunting down these people - it is sickening to read about. I really can’t grasp what these experiences must do to a person’s psyche. What has to be ‘done’, be tolerated, be suffered; the depravity and inhumanity that is witnessed. To survive must be a courageous feat - yet at what cost to one’s soul? Fanya wants to tell her story - I am glad that she does. I would have to quote the entire 2 author prefaces and the epilogue to list her passionate reasons why. Please read this book. I feel lucky to have done so. It will stay with you always.