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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Should Be Read By Everyone, 9 Aug 2011
This review is from: Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz (Hardcover)
I first read this on loan from the Library. I've read many, many books on The Holocaust, and survivors stories, but this one has had a real impact on me. Rena and her younger sister Danka face the horror of Auschwitz with amazing courage and devotion to each other. Rena spares the reader none of the brutality she and Danka both endured and witnessed. The bit where a female Guard orders her dog to kill a young prisoner is stark and heartbreaking. That image stays with me many years on from first reading of this book. Rena's belief that her beloved mother is there in spirit to protect her girls is both beautiful and tragic.

The sisters' determination to live and survive against all odds is humbling and a lesson to us all. If every person is to read just one Holocaust Survival Story then Rena's Promise should be the one.
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Initial post: 12 Mar 2012 18:08:07 GMT
A friend who was Toni Morrison's editor, pointed out to me that Rena remembered everything so clearly because she wanted to tell Mama what had happened to her--I became "Mama". She used to say, all she needed was someone with kind eyes and I had kind eyes. In fact, when she was very ill with Alzheimers she used to call me "Mama" and stroke my cheek. I would say "I love you," in Polish and tell her what a wonderful daughter she was. You can find the NPR commentary about that experience http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1918585

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 19:17:51 GMT
That is a beautiful, but sad story H.D. Thankyou for sharing that with me. Rena continues to inspire me, and thanks for the link.
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