The choice: Poland, 1939-1945

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Schocken Books, Aug 3, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 229 pages
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A Holocaust survivorís powerful story of escape and renewal. In 1980, at the age of fifty, Irene Eber returned to her fatherís hometown of Mielec, Poland, where she and her middle-class Jewish family had first gone in 1938 when they were expelled one evening from their home in Germany. Her journey back would unleash a lifeís worth of memories, and the result is this extraordinary book. Eber re-creates life in wartime Mielec: the rivalries and opportunism, the acts of courage and generosity, the constant fear borne by the Jewish community, and the moment in 1942 when the Germans marched all of Mielecís Jews out of town and toward the death camps. And she reveals what was perhaps the defining decision of her life: when an opportunity arose for her to escape, Irene left, despite her fatherís desperate wish that the family stay together. Thus began her life-long journey toward reconciling her lifesaving grasp at freedom with her heartbreaking separation from her family, setting her on a path to self-acceptance. In describing her survivorís guilt, despair, and lossóand how she has managed to overcome them while still honoring her pastóIrene Eber has made a significant and profoundly moving contribution to the literature of the Holocaust.

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I borrowed this book from a friend. It was a very fast read. The author wrote in a style that had me believing I was living her life. This is a wonderful story of the author's life, living in Germany ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristi Willard - Goodreads

A first-person account of living through the Holocaust in a backyard chicken coup for two years. Amazingly honest, but not melodramatic. Read full review

Contents

one First Journeys
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two More Journeys 000
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three When Grandmother Died 000
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About the author (2004)

Irene Eber is Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian Studies (emeritus) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in 1966 at Claremont Graduate University in California. She is the author or editor of six scholarly books on Chinese history and thought. She lives in Jerusalem.