By: Carlos Chavez
October 18th, 2008
In this powerful book there were many testimonies by numerous people and of course they were all different. Joseph Preil really found the core of the Jewish community and their feelings towards the happenings of the Holocaust. In the book survivors share some of the most horrific stories that not even the worst of horror movies can compare to. The way some of these people were treated and what they had to go through is just unbearable. I think it takes a lot of courage for the survivors to tell some of their stories because there is not doubt that it was a painful memory for them. Of course all the testimonies come to an end in some point, but it is important that the reader understands the testimony. In the end the survivors who are giving their testimonies are alive today, unlike many of their family members or friends who they saw perish at the hands of the Nazis. It is a book about courage, it is a book about survival, and it is more importantly a book that the survivors want to share their stories in for the memories of those they lost.
The first story which caught my attention was the story of Lucie Pressburg Jacobson. She was born in 1924 in Vienna, and her father had an architectural firm. LJ as she is described in the book, was only a little girl when the Holocaust events unfolded, her father and brother were sent to Dachau. LJ and her mother were kicked out of their home and their family attempted fleeing Austria. Her mother carried poison to commit suicide. LJ was sent to England and her mother managed to get her dad and brother out of Dachau. They were reunited in Palestine shortly thereafter, before WW2 began. LJ married an English soldier and the couple had a daughter, when her first husband died LJ joined her parent in NJ. After entering the US LJ married a second time and had a boy. Both of LJ’s children are married and have kids. This story really captured my attention because LJ...