The Rose Temple: A Child Holocaust Survivor's Vision of Faith, Hope and Our Collective Future

The Rose Temple: A Child Holocaust Survivor's Vision of Faith, Hope and Our Collective Future

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The Rose Temple: A Child Holocaust Survivor's Vision of Faith, Hope and Our Collective Future by S. Mitchell Weitzman

The Rose Temple is the compelling story of a woman, a Jewish child Holocaust survivor, raised Catholic, who unexpectedly receives Biblical messages in the course of an astonishing spiritual journey. She finds answers to questions about God’s presence in our world during times of evil and suffering. Reading her story will ignite the power that lies within you to heal and transform yourself and the world you live in.

The extraordinary life of Lucia Weitzman begins in a small town in Poland, where as a toddler she is trapped with her parents in a Nazi-imposed ghetto. In a desperate attempt to save their daughter, Lucia’s parents place her in the care of a Polish couple who risk their own lives by taking her in. After the war ends, at age five she discovers her Jewish origins but remains with her adoptive parents.

Growing up a practicing Catholic, yet often taunted or threatened for being born Jewish, Lucia struggles with questions of identity and faith while drawing on a deep well of inner strength that would take her years to acknowledge and explain.

Forced to flee Poland to avoid arrest, she leaves everyone and everything she knows behind. She marries a Jewish man and raises a traditional family in suburban Detroit. But at age fifty-three, orphaned again by the death of her husband, her life takes on another dramatic turn as she embarks on a worldwide spiritual quest.

Vivid dreams and inspired writings lead to mystical experiences containing profound messages about how to overcome adversity, empower personal growth, and find your soul’s purpose.

Lucia Weitzman’s conviction that “we all walk in God’s light and that we can choose a path that connects us to each other and to God” will inspire readers of all faiths and backgrounds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996117708
Publisher: Solomon Berl Media
Publication date: 06/16/2016
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mitchell Weitzman is an attorney and author living in the Washington-Baltimore area. A former columnist for the Washington Jewish Week, his work has also appeared in Coping magazine and Biomedical Ethics Reviews.

Lucia Weitzman was born in Bochnia, Poland in 1940 as Rose Berl. Her identity was taken from her in 1942, when her parents courageously chose to give away their little girl to a Polish couple in a desperate attempt to save her from the Nazis. Shortly thereafter, Poland’s Bochnia ghetto, where they lived, was liquidated and most of its Jews were murdered. Rose’s parents did not survive.

Now known as Alicja Swiatek, at age five she discovered she was Jewish when a relative searching for her after the war revealed Rose’s true identity. She remained with her adoptive parents, but the revelation reverberated throughout her hometown, where anti-Semitism still thrived. In her early twenties, distraught about her future in Poland, Alicja discovered American relatives who supported her. This drew the attention of Communist authorities and she was arrested. Released temporarily to the guardianship of her high school headmaster, she fled Poland, tearfully leaving her adoptive parents behind.

She arrived in America in 1962, married a Jewish man, and assumed yet another name, Lucia. She locked away much of her past inside, and focused on family and community. But beneath the veneer of life as a traditional Jewish wife and mother, Lucia harbored a secret and lingering spiritual angst. Years later, deep in mourning following the loss of her husband, long-suppressed emotions rose to the surface and Lucia confronted God at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Why had God allowed her to be orphaned yet again? Why had she been spared as a child? And what did her experiences reveal about her life’s purpose? Unexpectedly, she sensed a comforting response.

Lucia considered brushing the incident aside, but more unexplained experiences followed that seemed to call on her to decipher their messages. She had a choice: Ignore or suppress this uncertain new path her life was taking; or choose to gain greater understanding of its meaning.

Lucia embraced the challenge. At first frightened, she learned to trust her spiritual sensibilities that gave deeper meaning to her experiences while answering larger questions about God’s presence during times of evil and suffering. She slowly began to share with her son, Mitchell, her mysterious writings and dreams that were peppered with Biblically inspired symbols and images.

At one point, Mitchell found himself asking: Who is my mother? Who is Lucia Weitzman? He was at first wary, concerned about the reaction he thought his mother would encounter by sharing her experiences with the wider world. But as her resolve strengthened, so did his. Together, they set out to tell her story.

Lucia currently resides in Florida and New York and is working on a book that explores the mystical meanings of some of Judaism’s most sacred artifacts.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: August 2011 New York, Ny 1

Part 1

1 September 1994 Jerusalem, Israel 5

2 January 8, 1940 Bochnia, Poland 7

3 Late August 1993 Wiesbaden, Germany/Tyrol, Austria 11

4 1942 Bochnia, Poland 15

5 December 1993-September 1994 New York, NY/Jerusalem, Israel 19

6 1942-1943 Bochnia, Poland 22

7 Winter 1994 New York, NY 24

8 1944 Bochnia, Poland 26

9 Spring 1994 New York, NY 28

10 Spring 1945 Bochnia, Poland 33

11 1995 New York, NY 38

12 Spring/Summer 1945 Bochnia, Poland 40

13 June 1996 New York, NY 43

Part 2

14 1945-1946 Bochnia, Poland 44

15 June 1996 New York, NY 48

16 1946 Bochnia, Poland 50

17 September 1998 Bochnia, Poland - Istanbul, Turkey 53

18 1948 Bochnia, Poland 59

19 June 1997 Rancho La Puerta, Mexico 61

20 1948 Bochnia, Poland 64

21 June 1997 New York, NY 66

22 1948-1949 Bochnia, Poland 67

23 October 1997 New York, NY 72

24 1950 Bochnia, Poland 74

25 July 1998 New York, NY 77

26 1952-1954 Bochnia, Poland 81

27 May 1999 New York, NY 83

28 Tune 1954 Bochnia, Poland 86

29 May 2000 Machu Picchu, Peru 89

30 August 1954 Bochnia, Poland 94

31 February - August 2001 New York, NY 97

32 April 1955 Bochnia, Poland 99

Part 3

33 September 2001 New York, NY 103

34 June 1959 Bochnia, Poland 106

35 November 2001 New York, NY 112

36 Winter-Spring 1960 Bochnia, Poland 116

37 May 2002 New York, NY 120

38 September 1960 Bochnia, Poland 122

39 June 2002 Rancho La Puerta, Mexico 125

40 September 22, 1960 Krakow, Poland 130

41 August 2003 Washington, DC 135

42 October 1960-Winter 1961 Bochnia, Poland 138

43 September 2004 Warsaw, Poland 141

44 Winter 1961 Bochnia, Poland 143

45 September 2004 Warsaw/Bochnia/Szebnie, Poland 146

46 Spring 1961 Bochnia, Poland 150

47 January 2005-Apnl 2006 New York, NY 153

48 June 1961 Bochnia, Poland 158

49 August 2007 New York, NY 161

50 Juno 1961 Bochnia, Poland 164

51 October 2007-February 2008 New York, NY 167

52 June 1961 Bochnia, Poland 170

53 April 2008 New York, NY 174

54 June 1961 Petach Tikva, Israel 177

55 August 2008 New York, NY 185

56 March 1962 Brussels/Antwerp, Belgium 187

57 October 2008 Jerusalem, Israel 193

58 June 1962 Long Beach, NY 196

59 August 2009 New York, NY 204

60 August 1962 Long Beach, NY 206

61 September 2009 New York, NY 217

62 January 1963-Summer 1981 Southfield, Michigan 220

63 March 2010 New York, NY 227

64 April 1993 Hallandale, Florida 229

65 August 2011 Krakow, Poland 232

66 January 2012 New York 237

67 September 2012 Jerusalem, Israel 239

Epilogue 245

Acknowledgments 249

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