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Rena's Promise: Two Sisters in Auschwitz
     

Rena's Promise: Two Sisters in Auschwitz

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by Rena Kornreich Gelissen
 
"The most important book of the modern age!" --Neal Lavon, Voice of America

"The most historically accurate book ever written of the first transport of women into Auschwitz-the only book ever written by a survivor of that transport, who survived 3 years and 41 days in the camps." --Irena Strezlecka, Director of the Museum of Women at Auschwitz

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"The most important book of the modern age!" --Neal Lavon, Voice of America

"The most historically accurate book ever written of the first transport of women into Auschwitz-the only book ever written by a survivor of that transport, who survived 3 years and 41 days in the camps." --Irena Strezlecka, Director of the Museum of Women at Auschwitz

On March 26, 1942, the first mass registered transport of Jews arrived in Auschwitz–all young women between the ages of 16 and 22. Among those 999 young Jewish women was #1716, Rena Kornreich, a Pole hiding in Slovakia. A few days later, her sister Danka #2779 arrived and so began a trial of love and courage that would last 3 years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp, to the death march and on to the end of the war.

Rena's Promise stands out from other Holocaust memoirs not only in the length of time she spent in the camps, but in the spirit of love she maintains throughout her ordeal. No other survivor from the first transport has ever written about her experience (too few survived) when the women's camp was part of the men's camp, and the only men were Polish and Russian POWs. Within a few days that would all change.

From her escape from Dr. Mengele’s experiment detail to her surreal meetings with the infamous and dangerous SS woman, Irma Grese, Rena tells a dynamic tale of courage and compassion reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit, and the power of people to help one another in unimaginable circumstances, be they Gentile or Jew, German or Pole, Kapo or prisoner and how to still love mankind after seeing the worst mankind has to offer.

Used at Brown University in the Psychology Dept and in Holocaust programs at the college and secondary school levels.

Recommended for Holocaust collections by the Library Journal.

Editorial Reviews

USA - Kirkus Reviews
The amazing story of one of Auschwitz's longest survivors.... The number on her arm, 1716, was so low that guards were disbelieving, thinking nobody could have lived that long.
USA - San Francisco Chronicle
A remarkable work of remembering...
USA - Los Angeles Times Book Review
Rena’s Promise is written with simplicity and grace. There are sections describing such intense cruelty that it is difficult to go on reading, but cruelty is not the most memorable aspect of this book. Instead, the overwhelming feeling upon finishing is one of triumph: It is still possible to find selflessness and human connection among people living in a place of relentless horror.
Rhode Island Jewish Herald - Mike Fink
This is a book filled with melancholy wisdom, bitter artistry, even a kind of sad philosophy. A miraculous message from one of our righteous people, a voice from our time on earth which we must heed and honor.... I proudly add Rena's Promise to my shelf of survivor memoirs... I cannot read this book aloud or even cite particular passage, but only recommend its story as a miraculous message from one of our righteous people, a voice from our time on earth which we must heed and honor.
UK and USA - Time Out
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Product Details

BN ID:
2940016250953
Publisher:
Rena's Promise LLC
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
581,369
File size:
881 KB

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