Mosaic A Chronicle Of Five Generations

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 073040059X
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Mosaic A Chronicle Of Five Generations. From the bestselling author of THE VOYAGE OF THEIR LIFE, WINTER JOURNEY and NOCTURNE this remarkable true story begins in the Polish city of Krakow in 1890 and spans one hundred years and four continents. God blessed Lieba and the devout Jewish patriarch Daniel Baldinger with eleven children, and this richly textured portrait follows their lives down the decades, through the terrifying years of the Holocaust, to the present time. Lives that personify the struggles and hopes of their century. MOSAIC is compelling storytelling at its best: from the fascinating detail of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this is an extraordinary story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

The Voyage Of Their Life

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9780732275075
Size: 79.72 MB
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The Voyage Of Their Life. Paperback reissue of an account of the voyage of the migrant ship, the Derma, in 1948. First published 2001. Using passengers' personal recollections, documents and artefacts from the voyage, the author traces the conflicts and relations between the culturally and politically diverse passengers aboard the crowded ship. She highlights the below-standard physical conditions aboard the vessel, which fuelled the onboard tension and traces their new lives ashore in Australia and New Zealand. Includes a passenger list, bibliography, note from the author and epilogue. Armstrong's first book, 'Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations', was short-listed for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the National Biography Award.

A Promise Kept

Author: Andriy J. Semotiuk
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781483997667
Size: 13.14 MB
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A Promise Kept. A Promise Kept - A Tribute to a Mother's Love Time is running out for many baby boomers. As their parents pass on, the “sandwich generation” faces a loss of connection to its past. A Promise Kept addresses this problem as it traces the life of Salomea Drozdowska, the author's mother, from her childhood in Eastern Europe, through World War II, to her immigration to Canada, and then her life in North America. Her journey begins with her childhood hearing loss in the Galician town of Drohobych, before the war. She becomes a silent witness of the Nazi occupation of Poland and then of the Soviet occupation of Western Ukraine. Later, she flees war-torn Europe ahead of the invading Red Army, becoming one of the first refugees to immigrate to North America. Upon her arrival in Canada, she experiences severe hardships that leave her alone, pregnant, penniless, and unable to speak English. She has a son, but shrouds his origins in secrecy. Reuniting with her American sister, they resolve jointly to raise that son. Together, they survive this tumultuous endeavor. Years later, her son convinces her to visit the Alberta farm where she first came to Canada. There, she breaks her 50-year silence and after that reveals the full story of her past. In A Promise Kept, the author strives to recall all the details of his Ukrainian mother's vanishing history and pays tribute to her lifelong unconditional love. The book presents the immigrant experience as viewed through the eyes of a Canadian-born, American-raised, first-generation baby boomer recounting the events in his mother's life.The book presents four specific benefits for the reader:1. The reader is taken on a journey with the author to discover his cultural roots and in the process to uncover the secrets hidden from him for fifty years by a family mystery.2. The book provides new insights on the human condition while affirming the power of the human spirit to overcome the most daunting of challenges. 3. The book provides the reader with a few new insights into the important events in the 20th century and reveals that even in the darkest moments of life there are good people who are willing to help. 4. This book reassures sandwich generation, baby-boomer readers that they are not alone, and that if the author managed to cope with an extreme case of the stresses of living in the sandwich generation that stretched over ten years and involved shuttling across the continent, they too can survive the challenges involved. The author is a U.S. and Canadian immigration attorney with 30 years experience who has helped over 10,000 clients with legal problems. A published author of The Young Professional, a career guide book for young people entering professions like advertising, marketing, nursing, teaching and the like, he also worked as a former United Nations correspondent stationed in New York whose articles were published by newspapers in the Southam newspaper chain in Canada as well as various newspapers in the United States. This book will be of interest to people studying the immigrant experience since, unlike authors like Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes, Teacher Man) Joseph Berger (Growing Up American After the Holocaust) Janice Kulyk Keefer (Honey and Ashes) and Myrna Kostash (All of Baba's Children), it covers the field from both an American as well as a Canadian perspective. Also, unlike Daniel Mendelsohn (The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million) or Diane Armstrong (Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations) that deal with the terror of the Holocaust, this story provides an insight into both Nazi as well as Soviet terror and presents a view of both from a European as well as a North American perspective, since the author's family members were on both sides of the Atlantic during the relevant events. In short, this book provides a moving journey into the past and an insightful reflection on what is important in life.

The Last Jews In Berlin

Author: Leonard Gross
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497689384
Size: 56.40 MB
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The Last Jews In Berlin. A New York Times Bestseller: The incredible but little-known true story of the Jews who went underground in Nazi Berlin at the height of World War II—and lived to tell the tale When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, approximately one hundred sixty thousand Jews called Berlin home. By 1943 less than five thousand remained in the nation’s capital, the epicenter of Nazism, and by the end of the war, that number had dwindled to one thousand. All the others had died in air raids, starved to death, committed suicide, or been shipped off to the death camps. In this captivating and harrowing book, Leonard Gross details the real-life stories of a dozen Jewish men and women who spent the final twenty-seven months of World War II underground, hiding in plain sight, defying both the Gestapo and, even worse, Jewish “catchers” ready to report them to the Nazis in order to avoid the gas chambers themselves. A teenage orphan, a black-market jewel trader, a stylish young designer, and a progressive intellectual were among the few who managed to survive. Through their own resourcefulness, bravery, and at times, sheer luck, these Jews managed to evade the tragic fates of so many others. Gross has woven these true stories of perseverance into a heartbreaking, suspenseful, and moving account with the narrative force of a thriller. Compiled from extensive interviews, The Last Jews in Berlin reveals these individuals’ astounding determination, against all odds, to live each day knowing it could be their last.

Jerusalem Maiden

Author: Talia Carner
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062079527
Size: 33.82 MB
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Jerusalem Maiden. “Talia Carner is a skillful and heartfelt storyteller who takes the reader on journey of the senses, into a world long forgotten.” —Jennifer Lauck, author of Blackbird “Exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can almost taste the food and hear the voices….A moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.” —Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl “Talia Carner’s story captivates at every level, heart and mind.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean The poignant, colorful, and unforgettable story of a young woman in early 20th-century Jerusalem who must choose between her faith and her passion, Jerusalem Maiden heralds the arrival of a magnificent new literary voice, Talia Carner. In the bestselling vein of The Red Tent, The Kite Runner, and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Jerusalem Maiden brilliantly evokes the sights and sounds of the Middle East during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Historical fiction and Bible lovers will be captivated by this thrilling tale of a young Jewish woman during a fascinating era, her inner struggle with breaking the Second Commandment, and her ultimate transcendence through self-discovery.

The Kennedys America S Emerald Kings

Author: Thomas Maier
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786740167
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The Kennedys America S Emerald Kings. For 150 years, the story of the Kennedy family has been inextricably linked to their heritage as Irish-Catholic immigrants—from Patrick Kennedy’s 1848 arrival in Brahmin Boston from Country Wexford Ireland, to Joseph Kennedy’s Vatican ties and Jackie’s thoughts on faith and sorrow, to Kennedy-confidante Father McSorley’s religious counsel following the assassination of JFK. Through groundbreaking interviews with Senator Edward Kennedy and other Kennedy family and friends, acclaimed journalist Thomas Maier casts the Kennedy saga in an entirely new light, showing how their Irish catholic heritage influenced their public and private decisions. Released to coincide with a documentary adapted from the book, this edition features a new preface, in which Maier explores the dynamics of the three brothers, Ted Kennedy’s legacy, and the 2008 presidential elections that have been touched in so many ways by the Kennedy family.

The Unquiet Daughter

Author: Danielle Flood
Publisher: Piscataqua Press
ISBN: 1508064962
Size: 75.77 MB
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The Unquiet Daughter. Danielle Flood, a journalist born of the wartime love triangle that inspired the one in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, searches for her father after surviving a bizarre youth of privilege, estrangement and cruelty. As she yearns for her father’s love and presence, Danielle’s beautiful French and Vietnamese mother leaves her in burlesque house dressing rooms in the American Midwest, in convent schools in Long Island and Dublin, and with strangers in New York City. Meanwhile she lies to Danielle about their past for decades in this sometime-humorous near-tragic love story between a daughter and a mother and more. In the end we learn if Flood’s journey through the truth of what happened between her parents in early 1950′s Saigon satisfies her life-long quest for who she is. “Powerful,” “compelling,” “heartbreaking,” “a gripping story of self-doubt and self-discovery.” - Publishers Weekly “Holy Moly, Mother of God...It’s a knockout...Ferociously honest and gorgeously written, Flood’s memoir is a fiercely tragic story of her search for her real father, her knotted relationship with her complicated mother-and her hard-won understanding of herself. About memory, love, loss and time, Flood’s engrossing debut shines like mica and is as polished as platinum.” - Caroline Leavitt, The New York Times bestselling author. “The similarities in The Unquiet Daughter between Flood’s parents’ lives and the plot of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American “are tantalizingly close, far too close to be coincidental; as Flood writes in the Prologue: ‘I came from a love triangle much like the one Greene describes in his novel. I am the sequel he never wrote.’…As sequels go, Danielle Flood’s life story could easily be a Graham Greene novel, full of dark twists and turns, betrayals, heartbreak and the saddest of all forms of unrequited love…moving and at times imbued with humour…the tension is all too believable, but so is the joy…forgiveness and healing are at the heart of the story and the author’s ability to forgive is almost as powerful as the complex plot itself.” - The Catholic World Report “The Unquiet Daughter by Danielle Flood is the true story of an exceptional woman. It takes the reader on an amazing journey. Exotic,mysterious, exciting,and romantic.Bravo Danielle Flood. It’s a classic.” - Oscar-nominated actor Elliott Gould “In Danielle Flood’s clear eyed memoir of her early life with her exquisitely beautiful and deeply troubled mother, this truth echoes: the fact that a child could survive such emotional devastation and cruelty is a testament to her resilience and her valiant spirit.” - Leslie Daniels, author, Cleaning Nabokov’s House “...a compelling, poetic account of self-doubt, self-discovery and the power of love.” - Fordham Magazine “Passionate and unflinchingly honest, this is a fascinating memoir...Danielle Flood is the child of an affair so much like the one described in the love triangle of Greene’s novel, The Quiet American, that she is perfectly right to make her startling claim, ‘I am a sequel he never wrote.” - Michael Shelden, author, Graham Greene The Enemy Within.

A Train In Winter

Author: Caroline Moorehead
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062097768
Size: 27.85 MB
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A Train In Winter. In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time—a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship. Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished biographer, human rights journalist, and the author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of Mitchell Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La, Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II—a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

The Curse Of Beauty

Author: James Bone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1942872038
Size: 56.51 MB
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The Curse Of Beauty. "Once the most famous model in America, a story of the extraordinary success her beauty brought her and the terrible price she paid for it"--Jacket.