"If I Survive." This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.
The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers and World War 11 (wwii). The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler's Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action. Lena kept thinking, "It's my turn next." As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand.
Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails. By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.
Author Barbara Miller adds to Holocaust history and ww2 German history by skilfully weaving her research with Lena's diary and interviews to bring her ww2 biography to life. Lena helped her companions in hiding to survive with her humour and compassion. She turned 100 in January 2019 and her miraculous story of survival against the odds will inspire you to not give up no matter how dark the time or difficult the situation or cruel the people around you.Download or order now!
What are others saying about this remarkable book?
This is a compelling, indeed exemplary work, that merges the history of the Holocaust with the live story of one survivor: Lena Goldstein, aged 100, one of the last living witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Konrad Kwiet, Emeritus Professor and Resident Historian Sydney Jewish Museum
This is a truly beautiful collaboration between the author and her subject, who have together produced an invaluable documentation of a unique, moving, life story set against the backdrop of one of the darkest moments in human history. To read "If I Survive" is to meet a remarkable person and to be touched by her intense humanity in an inhuman world.
Jeremy Jones AM, former President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
In this book Barbara Miller tells a powerful, must read story of survival - the story of Lena Goldstein, an elegant, articulate centenarian, a victim of one of the most horrific periods in human history, the Holocaust.
Josie Lacey OAM, Author of An Inevitable Path, A Memoir, Life Member Executive Council of Australian Jewry, WIZO, and ECC
Barbara Miller has given Lena Goldstein's personal Holocaust journey the validation it so richly deserves; an eye witness account of a truly inspiring and heroic survivor.
Viv Parry, Chairperson, Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Melbourne
Another important book from the celebrated writer Barbara Miller. Expertly researched and skillfully written.
Irene Shaland, author of The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish narrative all over the World."
It is not often that you commence a book and feel compelled to continue reading until it is finished. Such is the power of "If I survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews" by Barbara Miller. It should be compulsory reading for all students so they can live the concept - "Never Again".
John Searle, Barrister, Melbourne, Former Chairperson, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights Commission, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria