This book describes Holocaust reality as we have never encountered it before. From the unrelenting fear of death and gnawing pain of hunger, to the budding relationships of an adolescent girl growing into womanhood during the worst of all times, the author withholds nothing.
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller's subtle depiction of her parents knowledge that it was a non-Jew's love for their daughter that had moved him to hide them, and their embarrassment and ultimate acceptance of the situation, lead us to wonder how we would have acted under the same circumstances as father, mother, or daughter.
Love in a World of Sorrow features Fanya's gripping tale of survival and an updated foreword and epilogue by the author, reflecting more than a decade of experience bearing witness to the Holocaust before hundreds of audiences around the world.
On the reading list at Princeton University, the University of Connecticut, and Ben Gurion Univesity of the Negev, among other, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller's book is an indispensable educational tool for teaching future generations about the human potential for both good and evil.
|Publisher:||Gefen Publishing House|
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About the Author
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller came to the United States after the Holocaust. She obtained a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research and honorary degrees from Yeshiva University and Bar-Ilan University. She has also studied art history at Columbia University, philosophy and literature at the New School, and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute. In 1998 she established The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism at Bar-Ilan University. In that same year, New York State Board of Regents awarded Mrs. Heller the Louis E. Yavner Citizen Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to teaching about the Holocaust and other assaults on humanity. Mrs. Heller's writings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Jewish newspapers nationwide. To give other educators the tools to effectively teach the lessons of the Holocaust, Mrs. Heller commissions an annual conference on Holocaust education at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. She also lectures at universities and conferences to promote further awareness of the Holocaust.
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'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.
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.