Thursday, October 19, 2023

#BookReview: The Girl Who Survived Auschwitz by Sara Leibovits & Eti Elbom

Synopsis: Poland, 1944 The train slowed and halted with a squeal of the brakes. It felt like we waited in the carriage for an eternity, but eventually, the heavy doors opened, directly into the chaos outside. Sara Leibovits, a 16-year-old Jewish girl, was a passenger on the train, together with her family. Within minutes, their horrific fate was sealed.
The little family spent their final minutes together on the platform at Auschwitz before they were ordered in all directions and each left to their own fate. Sara’s mother and baby brothers were sent to their deaths. Her father was made a Sonderkommando, one of the men forced to remove the bodies from the gas chambers, and was later executed. This is the powerful true story of Sara Leibovits and the incredible pain and hardships she went through during her time in the Death Camp. Yet despite the horrors she faced she always tried to maintain her families’ values ​​of courage, faith and kindness to others. Her story is intertwined with that of her daughter, Eti, seventy years later, who embodies the voice of the second generation and completes the Holocaust survivors' tale.


Rating: 4 Stars    
My Review: This was an amazing story of one survivor of a family.  This took my breath away as I read each page.  I could not imagine going through this and seeing what happened to her family.  It is one that will rip your heart out as you follow her on her journey. 

Book Description

A remarkable and compelling memoir of love, loss and hope during World War II

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Eti Elboim is Sara Leibovitz’s youngest daughter and a writer, journalist, and playwright. As a second-generation Holocaust survivor, she completed a "Memorial Envoys" course from the Shem Olam Institute and became an advocate of her mother's story.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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