My Father's Roses, A Family's Journey From World War I to Treblinka

My Father's Roses, A Family's Journey From World War I to Treblinka

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One family's extraordinary history—from their heroic feats on the battlefields of WWI to the rise of Hitler and the tragic culmination at Treblinka.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the author's painful family history as revealed in a series of increasingly desperate letters that record her grandparents' life in a small town near 1918 Prague, the disintegration of their community upon the arrival of the Nazis, and the author's father's flight from Czechoslovakia in 1939.

Norton Pub
One family's extraordinary history—from their heroic feats on the battlefields of WWI to the rise of Hitler and the tragic culmination at Treblinka.
Nancy's father was not like the other fathers in their northern English town. Elegantly dressed after the Eastern European fashion, an impeccable violin player, and never without a rose in his lapel, her father's entire essence alluded to a hidden and haunting past. Delving into the endless boxes of letters and diaries her father carried with him when he fled Czechoslovakia in 1939, her father's past finally comes to life.There are times of joy—her grandparent's finding sanctuary in 1918 in a small town between Prague and the German border; their eldest son returning from the trenches of Verdune and Somme; the birth of their first grandchild; a growing family business. But there was also fear, as instability and danger was the permanent backdrop of their lives, and when Nazi Storm Troopers marched into Podersam, Nancy witness the disintegration of the family through their increasingly desperate letters.Some escape to England, others resort to suicide, while others make poignantly clear that this will be their last letter as they are marched toward Treblinka, in this intimate, heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting window into one family's heartache and legacy.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2009
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781605980188
1605980188
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 KOHNE KOHNE
Characteristics: xxii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Jul 04, 2011

Although I've read many accounts of the Holocaust, this true story moved me intensely. The writer is dying of cancer but doesn't mention it in the text which is about her father's family and the consequences anti-semitism had on their lives. The book is largely taken up with old letters between family members and, through this technique, the reader grows to know and care about the individuals of the family. I think I will remember and grieve for a long time after finishing this book.
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