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: 62.22 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: 62.77 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: 54.73 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: 51.92 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.

In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts

Author: Neil White
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006188507X
Size: 47.63 MB
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In The Sanctuary Of Outcasts. "A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler (A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain), White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”

Mosaic Techniques Traditions

Author: Sonia King
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9780806975771
Size: 37.93 MB
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Mosaic Techniques Traditions. With the breathtaking work of hundreds of artists on display throughout, this visually arresting volume showcases mosaics from all corners of the globe and teaches the skills needed to produce 15 beautiful pieces of your own. The history of the art, tools and materials, and techniques come first: bases, adhesives, and grout; shaping and placing tesserae; practical and artistic design considerations; and several methods of creating the actual mosaic. Put that information to use on an array of magnificent international projects, all beautifully illustrated and with the level of difficulty noted. Five mosaics from Europe include a lovely and easy Blue Willow Tray and French birdhouse. An American-inspired Flutterby Garden Stake made of mirror simply sparkles. Plus: Sun Disks, a Rock Garden Fountain, Island Wave Vase and more.

After Long Silence

Author: Helen Fremont
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0385333706
Size: 44.37 MB
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After Long Silence. The author tells how she discovered that her parents were Jews who survived the Holocaust and explores the elaborate deceptions her parents concocted to preserve her and her sister.


Author: Bob Dylan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857209582
Size: 66.47 MB
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Chronicles. Winner of the NOBEL PRIZE in Literature 2016 This is the first spellbinding volume of the three-volume memoir of one of the greatest musical legends of all time. In CHRONICLES Volume I, Bob Dylan takes us back to the early 1960s when he arrived in New York to launch his phenomenal career. This is Dylan's story in his own words - a personal view of his motivations, frustrations and remarkable creativity. Publication of CHRONICLES Volume I is a publishing and cultural event of the highest magnitude.

Winter Journey

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 0730401405
Size: 70.82 MB
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Winter Journey. Diane Armstrong's bestselling fictional debut A mother's silence, a village with a terrible secret, and an Australian woman who travels to Poland to uncover the truth ... When forensic dentist Halina Shore arrives in Nowa Kalwaria to take part in a war crimes investigation, she finds herself at the centre of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. What she does not realise is that she has also embarked on a confronting personal journey. Inspired by a true incident that took place in Poland in 1941, Diane Armstrong's powerful novel is part mystery, part forensic investigation, and a moving and confronting story of love, loss and sacrifice. 'A deeply moving and inspiring novel' GOOD READING 'A bold adventure of a novel ... Here is a consummate writer at the top of her form. A fine fictional debut from a writer who's already made her mark' CANBERRA tIMES 'Profoundly moving, compelling and superbly written' AUStRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY