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Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of the Pets who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited for Their Return

Faithful Friends: Holocaust Survivors' Stories of the Pets who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them and Waited for Their Return [Kindle Edition]

Susan Bulanda
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Never-before-told stories of the pets that were left behind during World War II in Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Romania, France, and Yugoslavia when Jewish families were torn from their homes and taken to ghettos and concentration camps. Most of these accounts are told by men and women who were children during the Holocaust. Their beloved pets provided comfort and courage, gave them a connection to happier times, and helped them to never give up hope.
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"Susan Bulanda shares with us stories of love instead of hate, selflessness instead of selfishness. These stories speak to the spirit of hope in all humans (and animals)." -Rabbi Loel M. Weiss

"This unique collection's deeply moving stories by Holocaust survivors reveal how the bond with their companion animals intensified and deepened during that dark, horrific night of carnage, betrayal, and terror, providing solace, warmth and love. These heart-braking and heart-warming stories add a hitherto unexplored dimension to our necessary knowledge of the Holocaust and cast new light on the indestructible, soul-sustaining nature of the human-animal bond." -Aviva Cantor, author and v.p. of C.H.A.I. (Concern for Helping Animals in Israel)

"These stories reflect the love and pleasure that pets provided to those who endured great suffering. Bulanda captures the deep affection between humans and their beloved companion animals. The stories are engaging and reflective, giving animals lover pause. We will all hug our pets closely after reading these accounts!" -Gayle M. Irwin, author of "Sage's Big Adventure" and "Sage Learns to Listen"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cladach Publishing (16 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HMH4D2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAITHFUL FRIENDS, INDEED... 8 Mar 2012
When this book came to my attention, I was intrigued by the concept. Though I have read many books about the Holocaust, I never came across one in which pets were a focal point. As I thought about it, it made sense. What did happen to the beloved pets of those whose lives were to be forever changed by man's inhumanity to man? As an animal lover who has had many pets over the years, I very much wanted to read this book.

This book is a collection of first person narratives in which survivors of the Holocaust talk about their beloved pets and what happened to them. The stories are often heartbreaking, and no two are alike. Some are so poignant that they caused tears to well up in my eyes, because these people, who fates hung in the balance, so loved their pets. Even now, many years later, their pain over being forced to leave their beloved pets is palpable, and the love that they had for these animals, who had a connection to a life before the Holocaust, leaps across the pages at the reader, making for a profoundly moving reading experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a comfort 2 Dec 2011
By wogan
Anyone who has ever had a beloved pet can identify and imagine the pain of what happened to these holocaust survivors. It is a testament to the love animals engender when these stories seem to dwell on the loss of their pets rather than the horror the people lived through and the loss of their family and friends.
An interesting point is made about the survivors' fear of German Shepherds, since they were the guard dog of choice. I can remember when I would visit my grandmother with my German shepherd, she would always tell me not to walk in the Jewish section with my pet, since it could bring back bad memories. These memories and stories tell of the loss of these pets when the victims were taken to the camps. There are a few words before each to give a short history lesson and then the stories, both of which at times create a little bit of confusion with old memories and storylines.

I would have preferred the contributors' background be included before their story, it just adds to any understanding. They are in alphabetical order in the back if the book instead.
Some stories are shocking, some so sad, others hold you in wonderment that a woman seems to be more worried about the fate of her dog than her husband, but then she admits, she thinks he turned her in. We also learn the little known fact that children were used as blood donors for soldiers - drained of blood until most died. This indeed is an addition to the horrors of war, but more than that - the unforgettable love than a pet can bring.

I was asked to review this book and given a copy for review by the publisher. The opinion and details written here, are mine alone and were not dictated or ordered. If I didn't like the book I would say so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Friends 5 May 2012
By Yvonne
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I really enjoyed reading this book, but found it very sad. As an animal lover myself I don't know how I would have coped having to leave my pets behind. I have three dogs and the thought of me being forced to abandon them does not bear thinking about.

We all know of the atrocities that the Jewish people suffered during the second world war, but I personally did not think of pets they would have to abandon or the treatment they recieved because of their devotion to their owners.

The individual stories were heart breaking, and it is obvious that many of the people are still affected to this day and the guilt that some of them suffered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any animal lover 10 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is well written. I found that I couldn't read just 1 story I had to carry on. It is very sad knowing that this REALLY did happen. I have a cat myself she is 16 years old and couldn't leave her.
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