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  • By Roberto Guerra
    Oct 4, 2013
    This story is truly amazing, compelling, and heart wrenching. Leon Malmed's story of survival offers an in person account of the horrors of the holocaust. Instead of just reading about it in the history books, this true story allows us to see the more personal side of the suffering of war and the caustic repercussions of hatred on humanity as a whole. On a more positive note, Leon's life story provokes deep reflection among all of us, making us think of the capabilities of mankind, both good and evil. Leon's perseverance in such trying situations is extremely admirable, and I believe "We Survived...At Last I Speak is a must read for people of all ages, especially today's youth which can benefit by such an amazing lesson in life.
  • By Denise Haerr
    Aug 27, 2013
    While on a long road trip, I read Mr. Malmed's book out loud to my husband, who was driving. We were mesmerized by this story. It was with a sorrowful heart that I read of this tragic life. At times the tears were so great I couldn't see the book to continue. The contrast between the monsters and the heroes is so huge and the obstacles so great. Yet, the author did survive and the telling of his family's story has shed light on something that should never be kept in the dark. This is a story of perseverance and hope...A story we should continue to share with the generations to come.
  • By Reid Carlson
    Jul 23, 2013
    I have been working in France, based in Compiegne. We heard about the book and read a borrowed copy. My wife and I each read the book and we were very touched by your story. It is hard to believe the wickedness , cruelty, torture, and execution that many people suffered. My wife and I wanted to thank-you for writing your story, as a testimony of how bad the Holocaust and the Nazi's really were. It really brings the story home to us because we have learned to love the little town of Compiegne and its rich history. I purchased a personal copy of the book and we plan to share your story with others. Warm Regards, Reid Carlson, Engineer
  • By George Cumpston
    Jul 23, 2013
    Dear Mr.Malmed; It was very fortunate that my wife Ann and I were lucky enough to share a breakfast table with you and your wife,Patricia at the Los Gatos Lodge last month. I can't begin to identify with the incredible life you have experienced The events you tell with so many details have made a lasting impact on me. I hope that "We Survived..At Last I Speak" will be read by many persons and that the truth of the Vichy French acquiescence to the evil Nazi agenda will be known by present and future generations. Warm regards; George W. Cumpston, LtCol, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)
  • By Joey Wolff
    May 16, 2013
    I am an American Jew. Old enough to be well aware of the atrocities that occurred in Europe and to experience anti-semitism in my own country. Nothing like what Leon Malmed experienced. How he came out whole on the other end is just amazing. It was an act of courage to write about his life and experience the pain that he did not allow himself to feel when he was actually going through such horrendous history. I must hail his neighbors, the Ribouleau's, who kept their word even though by doing so put them and their sons into harm's way. Thank G-d for people like them. BTW there is a place to contribute to help "The Righteous" who are now experiencing hard times. I was happy to do so.
  • By Ginny Woodruff
    May 7, 2013
    I just finished reading We Survived…At Last I Speak. I am hesitant to write a review because I can't find the words that do it justice. It so powerful and heart-wrenching, but at the same time it is loving and at times humorous. Leon has done his parents and his family proud by telling his story. Leon is an excellent writer. The amount of time researching and writing his put into this book had to be staggering. Thank you Leon for writing it; it makes me wish I was still teaching U.S. History so I could share it with my students. I will be putting a copy in our school library.
  • By Mark Fischer-Colbrie
    May 4, 2013
    This history is truly exceptional. The fear, terror and loss for for the author and his family during the war is a haunting recounting that makes a strong impact. An even stronger impact is registered by the amazing courage and generosity of the author's 'new' parents. They made very real sacrifices and risked their life to do the right thing. Their exemplary decisions are incredible and must be shared with others. (There are so many who would not step up in similar situations.)I can't imagine how hard it must have been to assemble, so ably craft and then share all of these impossibly difficult events. It is important for people to know, to remember and to understand the strength of spirit against so much adversity. I highly recommend this book.
  • By Bradley A. Stirn
    Apr 21, 2013
    I consider Leon Malmed a dear friend. And even though he had provided me some details of the tragedies he and his sister and extended family suffered during the barbaric reign of the Nazis during World War II, I had NO idea how bad it had been. He wrote this book beautifully, particularly helping the reader to really understand and empathize with his feelings throughout those terrible chapters of his life. This book represents a brave and courageous action on Leon's part, one which I am sure will help those who read his memoir to really understand the depth of barbarism to which the human race can fall, while at the same time, others can rise to the occasion with great compassion and human kindness. The balance between those two extremes of the human condition are marvelously portrayed in this book. I am honored to know Leon, and my respect for him is only further augmented by the experiences he has suffered, yet eventually overcame, as proven by the wonderful life he has built for... More > himself with his dear Patricia and the rest of his extended family.< Less
  • By Mona Villapiano
    Apr 18, 2013
    I found Malmed's book heart breaking, touching, brave, and defiant. It was beautifully written. Malmed's writing from his childhood eye was most profoundly poignant and heart wrenching. Everyone who wants to understand the horrors that were reigned on the Jewish people and those who helped them should read this book. As a person of French origin, I am both incredibly moved by and proud of the French like the kind and brave Riboleaus who cared for Malmed and his sister, while I am sickened and disgusted by the French gendarmes and the Petain government who sent their parents to their death. I sense Malmed has found his voice in the writing of this book. I highly recommend this book to all citizens of the world who seek to understand this brutal history and who wish to work toward a kinder, more just, and civilized world.
  • By Richard Malmed
    Apr 14, 2013
    I first met Leon Malmed when doing an internet search under the name Malmed. Malmed is my name too and I expected no new news. A few generations of looking for Malmed the way we spell it had produced no results outside of my immediate relatives. Much to my surprise this author showed up. Leon Malmed was also my grandfathers name. I sent him a postcard and months later a phone call was returned, the voice of a man with a French accent, "we could be cousins" he blurted out and proceeded to tell me his story, the story he tells in the book that he eventually wrote in French and is now translated to English. We survived ... At last I speak. A first person report of a four year old boy and his sister as the horrors of the Holocaust explode their life. The themes that weave through the report of the lifelong emptiness of parents and family snatched away, the incredible generosity, sacrifice and bravery of those that were by chance neighbors who stepped forward to save the two... More > Jewish children and to deliver them from the evil that was engulfing their known world. The post Holocaust metamorphosis of the author and a real life testimony for the "land of opportunity", America. There is not much spoken about France and the responsibility shared with the Germans as Jewish People were herded into holding areas and transferred to their death. Leon Malmed says it. Keep the message alive pass this story on. Perhaps a third Seder would be appropriate and a fifth question. "why on this night do we ask: "what happened to the parents of Leon Malmed?" The profit on his book goes to the organization that helps the Holocaust Survivors in need.< Less

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Zea Books
March 20, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.89 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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