One Step Ahead

One Step Ahead

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ISBN-13: 9781401082802
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 07/21/2004
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

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One Step Ahead 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
The war time ordeals of a Jewish mother and her 7 children. This story is an amazing true account of the wartime struggles of a Jewish woman named Ester Parnes, her husband Samuel, and their seven children. In June 1944 they believe that they are safe from the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps, as they are living in the small village called Skalat in eastern Poland. After World War I, the land was given to the Soviet Union under the 1939 treaty between Stalin and Germany, and the Soviet people had been friendly, and they, and their relatives are happy, and have a good life. However, they soon discover that Adolph Hitler has no scruples about going back on his word as he instigates Operation Barbarossa. On the very day this happens the family find themselves fleeing the German planes and soldiers, desperate just to survive… When they join thousands of other Jews and tens of thousands of Polish people crossing the Zebruschk River, and entering the Ukraine, they believe it is only for a short time, and they are sure that they will be safe there until they can return to Skalat. However as the German army ruthlessly advances, slaughtering everyone in their path with Hitler’s “scorched earth” policy, the days and months turn into years. Watching those around them die from starvation, or being murdered by the Germans, the family suffer unimaginable hardships and find themselves doing what they have to, to survive. Driven further and further from their home on a journey which is to take them through the Ukraine, Russia, and into Asia. I found this story totally absorbing and the very fact that it is written from true accounts given to the author by the Ester Parnes children and grandchildren, makes it even more interesting. Not only did I learn a lot about the plight of these people during World War II, but I also could not help but be amazed at their strong faith and true sense of family, which bound them together, and gave them a reason to survive. Of course during the war years, despite being on the run from the Germans, their normal family life continued, and like all families disagreements and disputes arose, however, strong in their faith, they still manage, despite everything, to remain united. Having read modern history at school, this book should, I feel, be part of the curriculum as not only is it a compelling story of one families family’s survival during World War II, but also reveals how Adolph Hitler thought, and explains the timing and reasons behind his policies. I would highly recommend this book as a fascinating true account of the bravery and fortitude of Ester Parnes, and her family during WWII.
EHSFLY More than 1 year ago
Very good presentation of a true story and this families will to survive a terrible ordeal. This was a little different then his fictional work but a good read nevertheless.
MemaDL More than 1 year ago
This is a true story and it is amazing and very interesting. I met the youngest child, who is now an adult older than me,and I am 70 yrs. old. This book can be read by people of all ages.