You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, and Swearing in Yiddish

You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, and Swearing in Yiddish

by Susan Resnick


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Aron Lieb approached Sue Resnick at a Jewish Community Center fifteen years ago, and found a companion and soul mate who was steadfastly by his side for the rest of his life. You Saved Me, Too is the incredible story of how two people shared the hidden parts of themselves and created a bond that was complicated, challenging, but ultimately invaluable. Sue was first attracted to Aron's warmth and wit, such a contrast to his tragic past and her recent battle with postpartum depression. Soon she would be dealing with his mental illness, fighting the mainstream Jewish community for help with his care, and questioning her faith. The dramatic tension builds when Sue promises not to let Aron die alone. This book chronicles their remarkable friendship, which began with weekly coffee dates and flourished into much more. With beautiful prose, it alternates between his history, their developing friendship, and a current health crisis that may force them to part.

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ISBN-13: 9780762788194
Publisher: Skirt!
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Kushner Resnick teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University. Her most recent narrative nonfiction book, Goodbye Wifes and Daughters (University of Nebraska Press, cloth 2010, paper 2011), won a gold medal for nonfiction from the Independent Publisher's Book Awards and was a finalist for the Montana Book Award, the Western Writers of America Contemporary Nonfiction Award and the High Plains Book Awards. Her first book, Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression (St. Martin's Press, cloth 2000, paper 2001), was the first PPD memoir by an American author. She's been a journalist for 26 years, years, reporting most recently for The Providence Journal. She's been published The New York Times magazine, The Boston Globe, Parents, Utne Reader and Montana Quarterly, among other publications. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2001 and her work was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 1999. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two teenagers.

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You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, and Swearing in Yiddish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kim-Spitson-Ontario More than 1 year ago
You Saved Me Too is a wonderful book. It chronicles a beautiful relationship as Sue stands by Aron through his battle with mental illness. It is truly inspirational. A true gem. Pick this one up!
jofick More than 1 year ago
This was a moving tale about a long caregiving period of time of an elderly Holocast survivor. Both the man and his caretaker benefit from their interactions thru the years, they become closer than some people do with their relatives. I enjoyed this book, but it was sad and humorous at the same time.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
This was an endearing memoir of an unlikely friendship that crossed age boundaries. I felt like I knew both Aaron Lieb and Susan Resnick (the author). Ms. Resnick deftly illustrates how the friendship was beneficial to both of them, and brought out their true and deepest selves. People of all ages would find their life experience enriched, and also find their perspectives reordered, by reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a warm, funny, sad, brave, and wellwritten tribute not only about a holucost survivor, but the importance of human relationship. Doing the right thing has layered benefits. This is thoughtfully written and thought provoking. I didn't want it to end.
bluejayJW More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!  An unusual retrospective, presented in an unusual format.  The author's willingness to present her own foibles and anxieties help readers to connect with both her and her subject.  I hope the book becomes part of the Holocaust Museum's archives.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling read. This is a good book for a book club to review. My book club had a very interesting discussion. Resnick's style of writing kept the reader involved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Good luck."
charles-weinblatt More than 1 year ago
A tall, handsome, young Jewish man named Aron Lieb is swallowed up into the Nazi genocide machine of Auschwitz-Birkenau. After suffering untold brutality, starvation, sickness, forced labor, and many near-death experiences, Aron and his estranged brother Bill survive the atrocity. Everyone else that he loves and admires is murdered in Nazi death camps, including his parents and sisters. Aron’s shattered psyche becomes a permanent sickness, manifested by psychosomatic disorder, anxiety, and difficulty managing relationships. Susan Kushner Resnick is a writer, teaching creative non-fiction at Brown University. Suffering from postpartum depression, Susan has deep psychological wounds of her own. Living the American dream in suburban Boston, Susan has every reason to feel happy. She has a warm and loving relationship with her husband and her young children. Yet something is missing. Life’s vivid beauty has become a pastel afterthought to her depression. One day, by chance, Susan and Aron meet. Susan enjoys chatting with the old Holocaust survivor who has a sparkle in his eye and a penchant for charming women. From the depths of her depression, Susan needs to talk. Aron is a good listener. Over time, they become best friends and trusted confidants. Two desperate, hurting individuals sharing only the same religion become locked in a powerful relationship that saves them both in every way a person can be saved. Resnick has crafted a wonderful non-linear story filled with robust metaphor. Staged in first-person singular the story is produced via juxtaposition of accounts and experiences from 1919 through Aron’s death in 2011. As Ms. Resnick speaks to Aron following his death, we relive aspects of the Holocaust, yet without the minute details of Nazi brutality. We sympathize with him, despite his constant need for attention and affection, exhibited via his on-going psychosomatic illnesses. Susan is engaged by his majestic survival, his penchant for charming women, and later, his slide into unresolved depression, agitation, and imagined infirmity. Her dramatic frame of reference is always an unspoken conversation between her and Aron after his death. She also writes letters to Aron’s long-dead mother, revealing Aron’s charms, foibles and personality attributes. This literary frame of reference works magic upon the reader, although its non-linear aspect requires some early adaptation. Ms. Resnick maintains the reader’s interest while balancing on-going transformations in time, place and person. Each portion of the book alternates between past and present, revealing appalling historical facts about Aron’s survival in the Holocaust, their burgeoning friendship, and his increasingly precarious psychosomatic disorder. Aron constantly complains of chest pains, though the doctors can find no physical cause. As Ms. Resnick discovers, it is a broken heart. Ms. Resnick leaves us wondering if she and Aron were “soulmates.” The drama we experience in this evolving relationship is both beautiful and wondrous. Ms. Resnick reveals her own emotional weaknesses and the powerful strength uncovered as she fights to save Aron from despair and an uncaring world. In her drive to save the last days of a charming but increasingly feeble Holocaust survivor, she discovers her own inner power. Just as she saves Aron at the end of his life, his love saves her at a time when she required it the most. In the end, they were a perfect match.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey trish.