- Title: The Luck of The Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love, and Survival in the Holocaust
- Author: Michael Benanav
- ISBN: null
- Page: 221
- Format: Kindle Edition
One December night in 1944, while sailing across the Black Sea on the deck of a refugee ship filled with Jews fleeing the Nazi genocide in Europe, Joshua Szereny met Isadora Rosen He was twenty three, from Czechoslovakia she was twenty, from Romania Both had lost nearly everything in the war yet in their chance encounter at sea, they found a new beginning Three daysOne December night in 1944, while sailing across the Black Sea on the deck of a refugee ship filled with Jews fleeing the Nazi genocide in Europe, Joshua Szereny met Isadora Rosen He was twenty three, from Czechoslovakia she was twenty, from Romania Both had lost nearly everything in the war yet in their chance encounter at sea, they found a new beginning Three days later, on a train rattling across the Turkish countryside en route to Palestine, with no common language between them, they were married and spent the rest of their lives together Isadora had emerged from the brutal, frozen ghettos of Transnistria known as the Forgotten Cemetery of the Holocaust Joshua had escaped from the Hungarian Army s slave labor corps as his unit was being marched toward a train to Auschwitz That either survived is incredible that, of all possible fates, the war would toss them onto the same deck of the same boat at the same time is simply unbelievable except that it happened Here, their grandson, prize winning author Michael Benanav, traces the improbable twists and turns that pulled Joshua and Isadora through the horrors of the Holocaust As their families were destroyed and their own lives nearly lost, each element of their experiences including a photograph of a Hungarian general a mismatched pair of galoshes a Romanian Orthodox priest an SS officer s wife and maybe, on one occasion, an angel proved crucial to getting them out of the war and onto that boat Benanav vividly recounts the devastating events and astonishing coincidences that brought his grandparents together while reckoning with the unsettling knowledge that without the Holocaust, his family would not exist This is an extraordinary true story, rooted in the terrible tragedies and sudden strokes of serendipity that together are The Luck of the Jews Praise for The Luck of The Jews First published by Lyons Press as Joshua Isadora A True Tale of Loss Love in the Holocaust Movingly written, Michael Benanav s search for his grandparents tragic memories and experiences brings the reader closer to an ineffable truth that must not be forgotten Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Winner, author of Night A harrowing wartime saga and an intriguing record of Holocaust survival written with passion and authority Publishers Weekly A tale of suffering, romance and redemption in Israel What stands out about this story is its ability to bring Southeastern Europe and Bessarabia, a southern Yiddish speaking region in today s Moldova, into focus The narrative is highly imagistic, often relying on crisp depictions of Jews moving through the landscape to power a story of loss The Jewish Daily Forward Important and gripping Hindustan Times About the Author Michael Benanav is a freelance writer and photojournalist whose work appears in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet guidebooks, and other publications His first book, Men Of Salt Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold, was nominated by Barnes Noble for their Discover Great New Writers award and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association
Recent Comments "The Luck of The Jews: An Incredible Story of Loss, Love, and Survival in the Holocaust"
This is the story of how the paternal grandparents of the author survived the Holocaust and eventually made their way to Israel and then the United States. In addition to telling their stories, Michael Benanav tells how he tries to confirm parts of their stories by following in their footsteps to Romania, Russia, and Hungary. The stories of their survival and subsequent journeys to Israel and the U.S. are interesting, even fascinating in places. The trouble I had was that Michael didn't talk abo [...]
Well WrittenI picked up this book because of the book cover without so much thought about the title. I knew it to be another holocaust survival story but was looking more for a book that tells the story well into their rehabilitation back into society after their grisly experience in camps and war in general. This book was it. I couldn't put it down. I was immersed. I appreciate that the author, the grandson of Isadora Rosen and Joshua Szerney, shared his travels to the places where his grandpar [...]
I enjoyed this book, the story of the author's grandparents. The book starts with his grandparents meeting aboard a leaky ship heading for Palestine and it is late in WWII and both have them have survived when most of their families have not. They do not speak the same language and they get married before they really know each other but the marriage survives. Their grandson often thinks that if all the bad things hadn't happened to them, they never would have met and his parents and himself woul [...]
Every book I read about the Holocaust effects me so deeply. This book was no different. A man tells the story of his grandparents and also his attempt at retracing their steps as they were forced out of their Hungarian homes and lives solely for the fact of being Jews. His grandmother's story as a teenager is especially hard as she loses most of her family to starvation, disease or cold but manages to still watch out for her brother. The grandfather's story is slightly better though I learned ho [...]
This was a good recounting of the author's grandparents' stories during WWII. He came from Romania and her from Czechoslovakia. I have not read a lot of accounts from those specific countries, certainly not Romania. The story of her traveling with her family in the forced marches was especially gripping.The only thing I really didn't care for was the author's attitude, it was quite often bad and there were several times where he acted like he almost didn't even believe the stories his grandparen [...]
Not the best written thing I've ever read, but a pretty terrific story nonetheless. The author traces the improbable survival and meeting of his grandparents, one of whom was a Czech and the other a Romanian Jew. Pretty amazing story.
An incredible story indeed. Not only educational and inspirational, this book is very well written and was a page turner for me. The younger generations need to read books like this so no one will forget the Holocaust victims and survivors.
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