Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II

Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II

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Gertruda's Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II by Ram Oren

Trapped in the horrors of World War II, a woman and a child embark on a journey of survival in this page-turning true story that recalls the power and the poignancy of Schindler’s List.

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, a Catholic nanny devoted to the family. When Michael's mother has a stroke, Gertruda promises the dying woman that she will make her way to Palestine and raise him as her own son.

Written with the invaluable assistance of Michael, now seventy-two and living in New York City, GERTRUDA’S OATH re-creates Michael and Gertruda’s amazing journey. Gripping vignettes bring to life the people who helped ensure their survival, including SS officer Karl Rink, who made it his mission to save Jews after his own Jewish wife was murdered; Rink’s daughter, Helga, who escaped to a kibbutz, where she lived until her recent death; and the Jewish physician Dr. Berman, who aided Michael and Gertruda through the worst of times.

GERTRUDA’S OATH is a story of extraordinary courage and moral strength in the face of horrific events. Like Schindler’s List, it transcends history and religion to reveal the compassion and hope that miraculously thrives in a world immersed in war without end.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385527194
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 289,946
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

RAM OREN is known as the John Grisham of Israel. Formerly a lawyer and journalist, he founded the Keshet publishing company and has written more than sixteen runaway bestsellers. GERTRUDA’S OATH is Oren’s first English translation sold in the United States. He lives in Israel.

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joansie More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time putting this book down. The interconnecting characters were fascinating----somewhat like the movie "Crash", but of course taking place in a much different time. Gertruda was a saint---what she went through for the sake of her beloved Michael proved her to be a strong and valiant woman. And she imparted her loving and generous nature to Michael. No real mother could have done more. I wish I could read the book in its original language. I am unhappy with the translation---it seems unnecessarily terse. Of course the author may simply write that way, but perhaps the translation is responsible for the somewhat business-like tone of the book---clear, concise, but lacking emotion. It reads somewhat like a play, and requires the emotions of actors to bring it to life. It would make a super movie---Stephen Spielberg and others--take note!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible story about one woman's fight to survive and honor a promise made during one of the most horrific times in history. Her story is very moving. You can't walk away from her experience without realizing what is really important in life. A "must read" for today's younger generation.
FrElaine More than 1 year ago
For anyone pondering how children managed to survive when parents were taken and they were left alone. This is a gripping and heartwqarming story. True and well crafted, interweaving from sseveral perspecgives, making the story more complete than most stories of survival.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in awhile. Very inspiring. A must read.
RozaFL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. So so touching. I couldn't put the book down and finished it within a couple days.
sweetkitten More than 1 year ago
this is a must read. This woman prevailed in spite of WW11. Her determination to keeep her promise to a dying Jewish woman unfolds a touching well written story of Gertrudas determination to take the young Jewish boy to Israel. Her story is intermingled with the stories of others struggling during this bleak period. Coluld not put it down. Thank Mr. Oren for such a wonderful book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Excellent
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Must read!
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I was so caught up in this book.  It unfolded like a gripping drama, but it was a true story of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.  Gertruda's faith and devotion were inspiring.  
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I enjoyed the book a great deal.
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