Mosaic A Chronicle Of Five Generations

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 073040059X
Size: 60.78 MB
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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.


Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312274559
Size: 10.42 MB
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Mosaic. Starting in Krakow, Poland in 1890, and spanning more than one hundred years, five generations, and four continents, Mosaic is Diane Armstrong's moving account of her remarkable, resilient family. This story begins when Daniel Baldinger divorces the wife he loves because she cannot bear children. Believing that "a man must have sons to say Kaddish for him when he dies," he marries a much younger woman, and by 1913, Daniel and his second wife Lieba have eleven children, including six sons. In this richly textured portrait, Armstrong follows the Baldinger children's lives over decades, through the terrifying years of the Holocaust, to the present. Based on oral histories and the diaries of more than a dozen men and women, Mosaic is an extraordinary story of a family and one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

The Voyage Of Their Life

Author: Diane Armstrong
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9780732275075
Size: 68.18 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: 12.50 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.

Das Geheimnis Der Verlorenen Zeit

Author: John Wray
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644047510
Size: 40.31 MB
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Das Geheimnis Der Verlorenen Zeit. «Das Geheimnis der verlorenen Zeit» ist einer der megalomanischsten Romane der jüngeren amerikanischen Literaturgeschichte: ein gewitzter, raffinierter Mix aus Wissenschaft, Philosophie, Pop und Unterhaltung. Ein wilder Abenteuertrip, vom Wien der Jahrhundertwende bis ins Manhattan der Gegenwart, von der ersten Dimension in die vierte. Eingeschlossen in einer Blase angehaltener Zeit sitzt der junge Waldemar Tolliver in einem vermüllten Apartment am Central Park in New York und versucht, Herr seiner Geschichte zu werden. (Aber vielleicht hat er auch nur zu viel Science-Fiction gelesen.) Über hundert Jahre Familiengeschichte muss er erforschen und verstehen, um wieder in die Welt zurückkehren zu können. (Glaubt er.) Ein grandioses Panorama breitet sich aus: Waldemars Urgroßvater, Produzent eingelegter Gurken und Hobbyphysiker aus dem k.u.k. Znaim, war dem Geheimnis der Zeit auf der Spur. Nein, besser noch: dem Geheimnis menschlicher Reisen durch die Zeit! Leider gingen die Unterlagen bei einem dummen Unfall mit einem Automobil verloren. Drei Generationen von Tollivers – Genies, Kriminelle, Verlierer, Visionäre – ruhen fortan nicht, das Geheimnis zu lüften, obwohl bald ein deutscher Patentamtsangestellter namens Einstein mit ganz ähnlichen Theorien Schlagzeilen machen wird ... Um es mit Jonathan Lethem zu sagen: «John Wray ist die nächste Welle der amerikanischen Literatur.»

Die Luna Chroniken 4 Wie Schnee So Wei

Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Carlsen
ISBN: 3646926449
Size: 15.88 MB
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Die Luna Chroniken 4 Wie Schnee So Wei . Das kann Königin Levana, Herrscherin des Mondes, nicht dulden: Ihre Stieftochter, Prinzessin Winter, wird täglich schöner und ihr Zauber immer mächtiger! Wütend zwingt die böse Königin sie dazu, sich das Gesicht mit Schnitten zu verunstalten – doch die Narben können Winters Schönheit nichts anhaben. Schließlich versucht Levana sogar, sie umbringen zu lassen. Da fasst Winter einen verzweifelten Plan: Sie muss die rechtmäßige Thronfolgerin Selene finden, um gemeinsam mit ihr die böse Königin zu stürzen ...

The Book Of Ruth

Author: Robert L. Hubbard
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802825261
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The Book Of Ruth. In the Old Testament we read God s word as it was spoken to his people Israel. Today, thousands of years later, we hear in these thirty-nine books his inspired and authoritative message for us. These twin convictions, shared by all of the contributors to The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, define the goal of this ambitious series of commentaries. For those many modern readers who find the Old Testament to be strange and foreign soil, the NICOT series serves as an authoritative guide bridging the cultural gap between today s world and the world of ancient Israel. Each NICOT volume aims to help us hear God s word as clearly as possible. Scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students will welcome the fresh light that this commentary series casts on ancient yet familiar biblical texts. The contributors apply their proven scholarly expertise and wide experience as teachers to illumine our understanding of the Old Testament. As gifted writers, they present the results of the best recent research in an interesting manner. Each commentary opens with an introduction to the biblical book, looking especially at questions concerning its background, authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. A select bibliography also points readers to resources for their own study. The author s own translation from the original Hebrew forms the basis of the commentary proper. Verse-by-verse comments nicely balance in-depth discussions of technical matters textual criticism, critical problems, and so on with exposition of the biblical writer s theology and its implications for the life of faith today.