A Lone Candle: Secrets Too Heavy To Bear
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As you read this history of a family caught in the midst of World War II, you will shed tears, be horrified by perpetrators, and amazed by the family’s resilience, tenacity and luck, as they tried to survive the harrowing world in Poland. This is a glimpse of life through a child’s eyes of a typical Jewish family before, during and after the Holocaust. Bernice wanted her story published for current and future generations of the Friedenberg and Graudens families. She knew the details would be lost over the years, and the stories gone within a few generations.
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Aug 13, 2016This heart-wrenching story elicited incredible sadness and anger in me: how could anyone perpetrate this kind of unbelievably savage treatment towards other fellow human beings? Seen from a child’s perspective, it is even more horrifying. The “Secrets Too Heavy To Bear” growing up amidst this nightmare are unmistakably reflected in little Bronia’s sad eyes, pictured on the cover. Describing her father’s starvation in a Polish concentration camp, forced to do back-breaking labor and given only a meager slice of bread with thin soup, Bronia (Bernice) writes: “It was cause for celebration if a piece of vegetable floated by in the soup.” This incredibly well-written book bears witness to the tragedy, murder and hopelessness that was the Holocaust; it makes us imagine the unimaginable. It is written in such an engaging way and so clearly that I could picture the family gatherings and the hiding places, and I could feel the terror and the raw emotion. The pictures and documents add another... More > dimension to this important, firsthand account. Gently and steadily, the book leads us towards hope, and highlights the unshakeable will that enabled those surviving family members to carry on their lives and rejoice in family strength. The courage and loyalty of Bronia’s family and of others who risked everything to protect them are unforgettable.< Less
Jul 14, 2016Read this book in one sitting. It was gripping. I've read Elie Wiesel's "Night", Primo Levi's "If This Is A Man". and the "Diary of Anne Frank" to better understand what happened in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. Lone Candle belongs in this pantheon of deeply felt memoirs of that terrible dystopian time.
Jun 24, 2014This is a powerful memoir of how strong and resourceful a child can be in the face of grinding, relentless injustice and hardship. Bernice’s story, as told to her compassionate and diligent daughter-in-law Caraol, shows how extra-ordinary and “ordinary” person can become. Bernice retained her humanity and morality in circumstances that could have, and in some cased did, break and demoralize others. I am so heartened that this story has been written and made available to a wider public. It is an important, well written, addition to the documentation of the holocaust. Bernice has given her children and grandchildren her legacy of strength and resilience when Hitler and most of his party are dead and reviled.
Jan 30, 2013This work will reshape your understanding of antisemitism, a monster lurking since time immemorial. The theme of Jew hatred rears its head perennially in both Biblical and modern history. Bernice's personal narrative, while faithfully bringing to life the individual horror and the hopelessness of an unimaginable time, is also a living story, revealing some elements ignored in other accounts. Most chilling, was the revelation, that life in Allied liberated Poland was as perilous as during the Nazi occupation. As the Russian armies were advancing westward through Poland, a radio broadcast from the Polish Government in Exile from London, exhorted the Polish people to kill the Germans AND the Jews, in order to create a New Poland free of Jews! To fully be able to understand the relentless thread of antisemitism throughout history, one must look to God's words to Samuel, when against his advice, Israel demands a king. (1 Samuel 8:7) And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are... More > saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king." It is natural for those who reject God's right to rule over His creation and hate Him, to also hate the Jewish People. Today we see antisemitism not only in the Holocaust, but surprisingly throughout our secular universities and perilously among Jews who have rejected God in favor of a dystopic vision of 'democracy' and an 'Open Society'.< Less
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- Bernice Graudens Fishman and Carol Rubin Fishman (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition rev d
- Self Publish
- October 19, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.87 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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