Kind words from our readers and the press.
I write children’s books for fun and love reading about heroic people who have faced great atrocity and have prevailed. This was one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you for telling your story. We must never forget those who suffered such injustice. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses I am proud to say that we too refused to submit to this ungodly regime and are comforted to be introduced to survivors like yourself and your husband. Again, thank you for sharing your impressive courageous stand.
Because I became so engrossed with the story, I read it in one sitting. The publisher, designer and the author are to be congratulated for the manner in which they organized and handled the narrative in this important tale. By having Rose and Max relate the events of their respective lives in the first person, as though they were talking directly to the reader as events were transpiring, they took an outstanding approach. The first chapters presenting happier days, close family relationships, and strong ethical and work standards, set the tone for the reader to attain a positive attitude toward Rose and Max. The horrors that followed were devastating. Hope and a strong determination to survive and carry out the family goal of surviving to then tell the story to the world so there would be no repetition of the Holocaust, was presented clearly. Well done – you should all be proud of your involvement in telling this story of the heroic Rose and Max.
There is a romantic notion in popular Judaism that everyone has a bashert – a special person intended to become a lifelong spouse. Sometimes, he or she may live just down the street; other times, you may meet unexpectedly at some place far from home. But, according to this romantic notion, God brings you two together.
As pleasant as this idea may sound, it would have been terrifying, if true, in the case of Rose Schwartz of Seredne, Czechoslovakia, and Max Schindler of Cottbus, Germany, who were both born in 1929. It was terrifying because if their meeting was part of God’s plan, then so was the Holocaust – for if the Nazis’ campaign of slaughter against the Jews had not occurred, it is very unlikely the two would have met.
Rose and Max encountered each other as orphaned teenagers who had survived separate series of Nazi concentration camps. Following the war, charitable organizations in the United Kingdom reached out to orphans 16 years old and younger and transferred these Nazi victims from the European continent to safe havens in Scotland and England, where they could recover their health, learn English, and be taught trades…
Just finished the book. LOVED it! Very informative. Very creative angle (different perspective). Very easy reading. Not only did I gain valuable knowledge about a very dark time in world history, but learned about people’s will to live, love and move forward no matter how dire the circumstances. This is a very inspirational reading and highly recommend it to everyone. Its a must read! Hats off to the author.
I really enjoyed this story. I have read most of Elie Wiesel’s books and essays. He is a well known Holocaust survivor.