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“If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas “If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers and World War 11 (wwii). The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler’s Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action. Lena kept thinking, “It’s my turn next.” As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand.Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails. By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.Author Barbara Miller adds to Holocaust history and ww2 German history by skilfully weaving her research with Lena’s diary and interviews to bring her ww2 biography to life. Lena helped her companions in hiding to survive with her humour and compassion. She turned 100 in January 2019 and her miraculous story of survival against the odds will inspire you to not give up no matter how dark the time or difficult the situation or cruel the people around you. Download or order now! What are others saying about this remarkable book? This is a compelling, indeed exemplary work, that merges the history of the Holocaust with the live story of one survivor: Lena Goldstein, aged 100, one of the last living witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust. Konrad Kwiet, Emeritus Professor and Resident Historian Sydney Jewish Museum This is a truly beautiful collaboration between the author and her subject, who have together produced an invaluable documentation of a unique, moving, life story set against the backdrop of one of the darkest moments in human history.  To read "If I Survive" is to meet a remarkable person and to be touched by her intense humanity in an inhuman world. Jeremy Jones AM, former President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council In this book Barbara Miller tells a powerful, must read story of survival - the story of Lena Goldstein, an elegant, articulate centenarian, a victim of one of the most horrific periods in human history, the Holocaust. Josie Lacey OAM, Author of An Inevitable Path, A Memoir, Life Member Executive Council of Australian Jewry, WIZO, and ECC Barbara Miller has given Lena Goldstein’s personal Holocaust journey the validation it so richly deserves; an eye witness account of a truly inspiring and heroic survivor. Viv Parry, Chairperson, Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Melbourne Another important book from the celebrated writer Barbara Miller. Expertly researched and skillfully written. Irene Shaland, author of The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish narrative all over the World.” It is not often that you commence a book and feel compelled to continue reading until it is finished.


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“If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas “If I Survive.” This thought haunted Lena. Her loved ones were cruelly forced from her arms in the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland and perished in Treblinka Death Camp. This is a true story of Holocaust survival. In ww2 books, it is a searing story of human rights abuses and genocide.The story of Nazi Germany and the Jews is a story of anti-Semitism, Nazi concentration camps, gas chambers and World War 11 (wwii). The Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis had imprisoned the Jews was being emptied as Hitler’s Final Solution to murder all of European Jewry was put into action. Lena kept thinking, “It’s my turn next.” As some Jews escaped Treblinka and exposed it as being a death camp not a labour camp, young men and women in the ghetto decided to make a stand.Lena helped in the resistance which became the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering light bulbs from empty houses which could be used for Molotov cocktails. By a miracle, she escaped the ghetto before it became an inferno. But where could she hide? When it was over and she could walk free, the tears she had held back flooded out because she was all alone and there was no one to care that she had survived and no one to go to.Author Barbara Miller adds to Holocaust history and ww2 German history by skilfully weaving her research with Lena’s diary and interviews to bring her ww2 biography to life. Lena helped her companions in hiding to survive with her humour and compassion. She turned 100 in January 2019 and her miraculous story of survival against the odds will inspire you to not give up no matter how dark the time or difficult the situation or cruel the people around you. Download or order now! What are others saying about this remarkable book? This is a compelling, indeed exemplary work, that merges the history of the Holocaust with the live story of one survivor: Lena Goldstein, aged 100, one of the last living witnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust. Konrad Kwiet, Emeritus Professor and Resident Historian Sydney Jewish Museum This is a truly beautiful collaboration between the author and her subject, who have together produced an invaluable documentation of a unique, moving, life story set against the backdrop of one of the darkest moments in human history.  To read "If I Survive" is to meet a remarkable person and to be touched by her intense humanity in an inhuman world. Jeremy Jones AM, former President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Director, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council In this book Barbara Miller tells a powerful, must read story of survival - the story of Lena Goldstein, an elegant, articulate centenarian, a victim of one of the most horrific periods in human history, the Holocaust. Josie Lacey OAM, Author of An Inevitable Path, A Memoir, Life Member Executive Council of Australian Jewry, WIZO, and ECC Barbara Miller has given Lena Goldstein’s personal Holocaust journey the validation it so richly deserves; an eye witness account of a truly inspiring and heroic survivor. Viv Parry, Chairperson, Child Survivors of the Holocaust, Melbourne Another important book from the celebrated writer Barbara Miller. Expertly researched and skillfully written. Irene Shaland, author of The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish narrative all over the World.” It is not often that you commence a book and feel compelled to continue reading until it is finished.

30 review for If I Survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews: 100-Year Old Lena Goldstein's Miracle Story (Jewish Holocaust World War 11 Biography) (Faces of Eve Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa-Jaine

    Very interesting account of how the war affected Lena and her family and the hardships and horrors experienced. Some interesting facts and some dreadful facts but we must never forget the level of man's inhumanity to man. Very interesting account of how the war affected Lena and her family and the hardships and horrors experienced. Some interesting facts and some dreadful facts but we must never forget the level of man's inhumanity to man.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Rae Stewart

    Outstanding Memoir!! I loved this very painful yet inspiring memoir of Lena’s life. Holocaust memories are always very painful to read. This book had many wonderful miracles told of how God brought about great outcomes for Lena and kept her living. It also shines on the truth that you do reap what you’ve sown. For every kindness given, she received kindness in return. Some call it Karma. I call it reaping what you’ve sown, as the Bible also refers to it. She endured many years of terrible trials, Outstanding Memoir!! I loved this very painful yet inspiring memoir of Lena’s life. Holocaust memories are always very painful to read. This book had many wonderful miracles told of how God brought about great outcomes for Lena and kept her living. It also shines on the truth that you do reap what you’ve sown. For every kindness given, she received kindness in return. Some call it Karma. I call it reaping what you’ve sown, as the Bible also refers to it. She endured many years of terrible trials, heartbreak, and suffering. I won’t spoil the story by telling you all she and her family went through but you will see when you read this. Each Holocaust story has many similarities while each being unique. The unspeakable degradation, atrocities and evil that Hitler and his followers put upon their fellow man is beyond belief. Yet it happened. We cannot forget! The stories must be retold and continued so that it will not be forgotten and happen again. Millions of people were brutalized and murdered. We must keep the memories and stories alive that the survivors share and not let some groups spread the lies in which they say it never happened. We must honor the dead. Lena is now 100 years old. God spared her life and she had a mission to share the truth, which she even now continues to do. She is a beautiful woman with a loving and kind heart who did not let this pain and suffering give her a bitter, hateful heart. The Lord has used her to teach not just about the Holocaust but to share with young people the evil and dangers of bullying! A remarkable woman! Another great thing of this story is how the author interwove history into Lena’s story. I’ve read many, many books on the Holocaust and WWII, but I never have read about a couple of these historical facts and never have read such detailed accounts. The one that was a surprise to me was the Warsaw Uprising. I’d read of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, but that is a separate event from the Warsaw Uprising. Very informative. That one stands out to me but there were also a couple other things I’d not heard before. Also the SS did a few horrible things that I’d not read before either. It is an excellent book. The author did a lot of research and shares the history in an easy to follow manner. There are parts of Lena’s diary and many quotes from her. She’s a pleasure to know. She has lived a long happy life. It is painful to read, yet there is a happy ending~although much loss~loss of family, her first love, loss of what might have been if this hadn’t have happened. It is inspiring to see how she moved forward and pressed on to embrace life!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan Cornwell

    Hardship like never before. We must never forget. That these horrible times were even allowed to occur is so terrible. Should be a must read for all.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pantea Kalhor

    Touching and real The memoir from a survivor of holocaust “Lena” was perfectly documented in this book. Real pictures from real war and real people. The Holocaust story has been fully explained in many books and movies but from a real survivor of war who experienced hunger, the pain of second-class citizenship, discrimination and desperate struggling to survive looks more tangible. I could feel the pain, since I also lived in war. I could feel the loss of loved ones and seeking for a shelter to k Touching and real The memoir from a survivor of holocaust “Lena” was perfectly documented in this book. Real pictures from real war and real people. The Holocaust story has been fully explained in many books and movies but from a real survivor of war who experienced hunger, the pain of second-class citizenship, discrimination and desperate struggling to survive looks more tangible. I could feel the pain, since I also lived in war. I could feel the loss of loved ones and seeking for a shelter to keep ones warm and safe. She explained the frustration of being discriminated for her religion of being Jewish: “There were things to kill dignity like an armband with a Jewish star on it that we had to wear”. The Aryan side of safer place for those who are not Jewish and death camp for those who are tagged as Jewish. On the other hand, even in war miracles happen and some little hopes like what Lena’s father found: “a little bit of Soup” and a sense of humor which let her survive. You laugh and try to enjoy laughing with family in tough time when you don’t know if you can see the next day. “ Lena must have had an incredible sense of humor to be able to make them laugh regularly when they were going through such a tough time, not knowing when and how it would end”.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    IF I survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews is by Barbara Milner. This book is about Lena Goldstein who at the age of 100 is still giving talks about her life under the Nazi regime. As one of two survivors from her family, she is compelled to tell their stories so that they are not forgotten. The book tells her story of her youth and how she came to be in the Warsaw ghetto. Here, she ultimately became involved in the Warsaw Uprising. She spares none of the horror of her time during the Holocaust. Th IF I survive: Nazi Germany and the Jews is by Barbara Milner. This book is about Lena Goldstein who at the age of 100 is still giving talks about her life under the Nazi regime. As one of two survivors from her family, she is compelled to tell their stories so that they are not forgotten. The book tells her story of her youth and how she came to be in the Warsaw ghetto. Here, she ultimately became involved in the Warsaw Uprising. She spares none of the horror of her time during the Holocaust. The book is devastating to read and yet it is uplifting as we see the victims beginning to fight back with what little they had. The book is great to read although it is disheartening.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy RS

    This is an interesting, academic presentation of one of our terrible moments in history, as seen through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor who turned 100 years old this year. It is heart-breaking to be reminded about what we are capable of doing to each other, but equally, our capacity to rise above the deepest tragedy is inspiring. The author conducted many interviews and turned these into a readable format, together with photographs that make the story more poignant to the reader. If you’re stu This is an interesting, academic presentation of one of our terrible moments in history, as seen through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor who turned 100 years old this year. It is heart-breaking to be reminded about what we are capable of doing to each other, but equally, our capacity to rise above the deepest tragedy is inspiring. The author conducted many interviews and turned these into a readable format, together with photographs that make the story more poignant to the reader. If you’re studying this period, or if you’re just interested in it, I would recommend this book as excellent, factual input.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly C.

    This book is a powerful story of one woman’s survival through the atrocities of the holocaust. It is an inspiring true story of a Polish Jewish woman and how she made it through the horrific years of Nazi occupation in her homeland. Delving into the history surrounding the events of the holocaust in Poland and throughout Europe, the book sheds light on the experiences of those who actually lived through it. It is moving and heartbreaking and enlightening—a well written and meticulously researche This book is a powerful story of one woman’s survival through the atrocities of the holocaust. It is an inspiring true story of a Polish Jewish woman and how she made it through the horrific years of Nazi occupation in her homeland. Delving into the history surrounding the events of the holocaust in Poland and throughout Europe, the book sheds light on the experiences of those who actually lived through it. It is moving and heartbreaking and enlightening—a well written and meticulously researched book that is not to be missed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Truly inspiring story of a Holocaust survivor, Lena Goldstein, told by a brilliant author. I hope these horrors never have to happen again and wish books like these were made to be read in schools. Learning from the past ensures it won't happen in the future. At times, I had to put the book down and walk away from reading the horrors that happened, but I came back to it because its a story that needs to be read. Truly inspiring story of a Holocaust survivor, Lena Goldstein, told by a brilliant author. I hope these horrors never have to happen again and wish books like these were made to be read in schools. Learning from the past ensures it won't happen in the future. At times, I had to put the book down and walk away from reading the horrors that happened, but I came back to it because its a story that needs to be read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martin Croucher

    Lest we forget Every individual who survived the greatest crime against humanity deserves to be heard. It is Lena's voice that should be shining through but is at times swamped by the mass of well- researched occasionally repetitive information. [Tighter editing would have helped]. But, can we ever know enough? We lucky ones have no idea what it was like to be caught in the Holocaust for one minute. Lest we forget Every individual who survived the greatest crime against humanity deserves to be heard. It is Lena's voice that should be shining through but is at times swamped by the mass of well- researched occasionally repetitive information. [Tighter editing would have helped]. But, can we ever know enough? We lucky ones have no idea what it was like to be caught in the Holocaust for one minute.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacalyn freeborn

    Very courageous woman Very harrowing account of living in the Warsaw ghetto and surviving Warsaw as a whole. It was nice to have the author's account of historical events surrounding the story as Lena didn't know her surroundings during her struggle for survival considering the dehumanization of Jews at the hands of the German war machine. Very courageous woman Very harrowing account of living in the Warsaw ghetto and surviving Warsaw as a whole. It was nice to have the author's account of historical events surrounding the story as Lena didn't know her surroundings during her struggle for survival considering the dehumanization of Jews at the hands of the German war machine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    sally reid

    Very informative This was definitely a 5 star book! Lots of detail, information and not like other holocaust books. Lenas memory was very sharp! This is one memoir I will read again!

  12. 5 out of 5

    sabrina briggs

    Most informative One of the most informative of all the books I have read on the Holocaust. Personal experiences as well as informative on the whole horror. A very brave woman and also leads a active life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    A. Cheney

    Never again Never again. That's all I could come up with after reading the heart-wrenching stories. Humans can be so kind or so cruel to one another. It is our choice. Best make our choice wisely. Never again. Never again Never again. That's all I could come up with after reading the heart-wrenching stories. Humans can be so kind or so cruel to one another. It is our choice. Best make our choice wisely. Never again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peg Willis

    Powerful story Like the many other stories of the holocaust that have come out in recent years, Lena's memories are heart-wrenching. Her tale is told not only as a history but also as encouragement to young people to reject bullying in every way - an excellent takeaway! Powerful story Like the many other stories of the holocaust that have come out in recent years, Lena's memories are heart-wrenching. Her tale is told not only as a history but also as encouragement to young people to reject bullying in every way - an excellent takeaway!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK.🤙

  16. 5 out of 5

    joel swanson

    This book It was a great read. I would recommend it to anyone. The writer was able to describe everything in great detail

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ina Tuscano

    Excellent Thorough understanding of the Holocaust. Well presented. You feel personally involved with Lena Goldstein.keeps your interest without the feeling of horror!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Micebyliz

    Reading Holocaust memoirs is a tough assignment. You make it to the end but it sticks with you like something stuck between your teeth and it hurts. Once you know something you can't "unknow" it so you carry around the stories in your head, but thank goodness you did not live them. Imagine what it was like to live them and then surprisingly survive, but with PTSD of the most profound nature. How do you live with it? Many did not. And then you find out how many and which governments did their utmo Reading Holocaust memoirs is a tough assignment. You make it to the end but it sticks with you like something stuck between your teeth and it hurts. Once you know something you can't "unknow" it so you carry around the stories in your head, but thank goodness you did not live them. Imagine what it was like to live them and then surprisingly survive, but with PTSD of the most profound nature. How do you live with it? Many did not. And then you find out how many and which governments did their utmost to see to it that you died instead of preventing it which they easily could have done. How does that make you feel? where then do you decide to live when no one wants you? And, no one wants to know your story, no one believes it anyway, and they think you can just get on with it. Or they have taken over your family home and tell you to go away or they will kill you. some homecoming. At least Lena found a home in Australia and was able to build a life and was finally able to speak about her experiences.

  19. 4 out of 5

    florence abney

    Against all odds I believe in miracles and Lena has had many miracles. It's obvious to me that her story which is an inspiration to many is a legacy filled with inspiration. I am a trauma survivor and suffer from PTSD. When I read a story of survival and tenacity I realize that I have also been given many obstacles. It's my challenge to overcome and not allow myself to be victimized. Strong women empower others and enable us to look at trauma as a stepping stone rather than a death sentence Against all odds I believe in miracles and Lena has had many miracles. It's obvious to me that her story which is an inspiration to many is a legacy filled with inspiration. I am a trauma survivor and suffer from PTSD. When I read a story of survival and tenacity I realize that I have also been given many obstacles. It's my challenge to overcome and not allow myself to be victimized. Strong women empower others and enable us to look at trauma as a stepping stone rather than a death sentence

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marta F.

    Very Enlightening On the Holocoaust Should be required reading along with American and World History in American Public Schools for a generation of young Americans who have no clue what a Nazi concentration camp and the holocaust were really like and who don’t seem to appreciate the meaning of the Freedom they have.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Lena’s personal story of her experiences hiding in Warsaw during the years of the Holocaust encased by a brief history of what was occurring in Poland at the time. Lena’s story, like those of every survivor, is compelling and miraculous. Simplistic history, but works in this context.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Smith

    A fantastic in depth book about one woman's survival methods during WW II. It is a brutal story of survival and death. Anyone who reads this book, should never forget what evils happened. This should be required reading for all highschool and college students. A fantastic in depth book about one woman's survival methods during WW II. It is a brutal story of survival and death. Anyone who reads this book, should never forget what evils happened. This should be required reading for all highschool and college students.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Suvival Although this book's description says it is Lena's story. It really is a synopsis of the story of Warsaw and the Nazi's treatment of Poland's Jewish population. Lena's into it. story is woven. It is a tastefully done story. Suvival Although this book's description says it is Lena's story. It really is a synopsis of the story of Warsaw and the Nazi's treatment of Poland's Jewish population. Lena's into it. story is woven. It is a tastefully done story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This a true story from a Holocaust survivor. It’s difficult to read at many times of atrocities that these people endured from a person who lived to tell about it. I’m glad I took the time to read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Amazing that she survived. But all the stories of survival are amazing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Doyle

    Humbling and Brilliant This is one of the best explained books on the Holocaust I've ever read. Such a touching story. I am in awe of this womans bravery and will to survive. Humbling and Brilliant This is one of the best explained books on the Holocaust I've ever read. Such a touching story. I am in awe of this womans bravery and will to survive.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marge Montgomery

    Boring All over the place and not well written. I found myself paging forward to find something Interesting to read. So sorry I purchased this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    virginia snyder

  29. 5 out of 5

    Billy C Craft

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jilly Mitchell

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