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Weaving the Threads of Time and Memory: A Memoir A story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place. It’s a memoir of families across generations of peace and of war, of homes that become lost and hopes that are kept, and a belief in a future that’s better than the present. The book is a compelling and exhilarating experience exploring the threads of times now Weaving the Threads of Time and Memory: A Memoir A story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place. It’s a memoir of families across generations of peace and of war, of homes that become lost and hopes that are kept, and a belief in a future that’s better than the present. The book is a compelling and exhilarating experience exploring the threads of times now long gone and the memories that arose from them to generate the stories that lived on. In each family, a fundamental life event spawns ripples that sweep across time and generations that would fade forever without exploration and would otherwise shed all meaning. The key event in many lives is making the decision to leave home forever and to strike out not knowing if it leads to disaster or to a future and a better place. So many today around the world face the same uncertain decision – to stay or to go.


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Weaving the Threads of Time and Memory: A Memoir A story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place. It’s a memoir of families across generations of peace and of war, of homes that become lost and hopes that are kept, and a belief in a future that’s better than the present. The book is a compelling and exhilarating experience exploring the threads of times now Weaving the Threads of Time and Memory: A Memoir A story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place. It’s a memoir of families across generations of peace and of war, of homes that become lost and hopes that are kept, and a belief in a future that’s better than the present. The book is a compelling and exhilarating experience exploring the threads of times now long gone and the memories that arose from them to generate the stories that lived on. In each family, a fundamental life event spawns ripples that sweep across time and generations that would fade forever without exploration and would otherwise shed all meaning. The key event in many lives is making the decision to leave home forever and to strike out not knowing if it leads to disaster or to a future and a better place. So many today around the world face the same uncertain decision – to stay or to go.

39 review for The Story Keeper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judy Jankowski

    Fred Feldman has written a captivating memoir of his family’s journey for survival from life in a small Polish village to emigrating to postwar America. His research to understand and document his family members’ motivations and decisions in light of the concurrent historical events not only sheds light on the forces that shaped their destinies but shines a light on the challenges facing present day refugees. His interviews with family members and researchers interspersed with the telling of the Fred Feldman has written a captivating memoir of his family’s journey for survival from life in a small Polish village to emigrating to postwar America. His research to understand and document his family members’ motivations and decisions in light of the concurrent historical events not only sheds light on the forces that shaped their destinies but shines a light on the challenges facing present day refugees. His interviews with family members and researchers interspersed with the telling of the family’s journey finetunes the stories he is weaving, offsetting the losses with the joy of many unexpected discoveries - the “ treasures” of photos, letters and stories that were preserved by relatives, family friends and archivists.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Don Halasz

    From page 1 through to the end of the book, including the amazing photos, I could not put this book down and finished it with much joy in the outcome of this family. Some parts made me tear up and weep while others made me smile with pride and happiness in the way that only "survival" can make you understand and appreciate life. If you are interested in the lives of people who lived through the days of horror during the Nazi regime and how they managed to survive the daily ugliness of the politi From page 1 through to the end of the book, including the amazing photos, I could not put this book down and finished it with much joy in the outcome of this family. Some parts made me tear up and weep while others made me smile with pride and happiness in the way that only "survival" can make you understand and appreciate life. If you are interested in the lives of people who lived through the days of horror during the Nazi regime and how they managed to survive the daily ugliness of the political climate then you will have to read this amazing story. This is not a book about the "holocaust" but is indeed a book about how a family made it a priority to stay strong and stay together. My heartfelt thanks to Fred Feldman and his family for creating this story. It is truly a story to keep. Don Halasz

  3. 4 out of 5

    Boris Feldman

    A moving, multi-generational view of those who endured the Holocaust and what they created. Don't take my word for it. From Judge Abraham D. Sofaer: "Fred Feldman is indeed the Story Keeper. He acknowledges being "obsessed" with his family's story of life and death in Sokolow, Poland, where most of its Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. His detailed account of how his father Mendel and mother Frieda survived is spellbinding. They faced horrendous difficulties tearing themselves away from their A moving, multi-generational view of those who endured the Holocaust and what they created. Don't take my word for it. From Judge Abraham D. Sofaer: "Fred Feldman is indeed the Story Keeper. He acknowledges being "obsessed" with his family's story of life and death in Sokolow, Poland, where most of its Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. His detailed account of how his father Mendel and mother Frieda survived is spellbinding. They faced horrendous difficulties tearing themselves away from their families, staying ahead of the Germans, going deep into Russia, down to the Baltic, back to Azerbaijan (where Fred was born), and then emaciated and with two children to the DP camps in Austria and Germany, because Sokolow's Jews had all been killed, including Mendel's mother and siblings. Also moving is his account of how Mendel and Frieda get to America and manage to build a peaceful and productive life in Indiana, with successful and happy children and grandchildren. "Unusual though is Fred's shift of focus from these exciting but conventional dramas to the details of his quest for the details of his family's story -- every branch, every person lost or saved, and the photos and stories, each of which he calls a "treasure". Over several years, for example, he collects numerous versions of how his aunt Rojza (age 21) runs away from Sokolow to Israel (becoming Shosanna) and eventually how he settles on a version that accommodates all the apparently conflicting details. Fred's relatives participate in his quest but warn that no one but his own family will be interested in such an in-depth examination. Fred insists, though, that his particular family's history is a "story ultimately without a time and ultimately without a place." "Fred is right. The far-reaching purpose of his particularized search becomes credible as the evidence he collects is integrated by the Holocaust Museum into a collection reflecting, not only what happened to the six million Jews killed during the war, but also to the horrors still being inflicted on many more millions of people. His quest to learn every fact related to his family's experience in the most incomprehensible injustice of modern history exemplifies the universal search for understanding of man's inhumanity to man, and of how to survive and overcome that inhumanity." From Professor Josef Joffe: "The 20th was the century of refugees. This is the story of Mendel and Freyda, two Polish Jews fleeting the advancing Nazis into the depths of the Soviet Union. But it transmits a universal truth, with two humans representing millions. After a massacre of Jews near Riga, the historian Simon Dubnov cried out to the witnesses: “Schreibt un farschreibt!” – write and record! Fred Feldman honored this duty with gripping tale of terror and redemption. He is “The Story Keeper” for generations to come. This not just history at its best, but an ode to life."

  4. 5 out of 5

    June

    This is a story about one family's journey, but it is also a universal story about anyone facing a choice between keeping the status quo or moving on to an unknown future. This gripping day-by-day account of what happened and what it has meant is a totally engrossing read. This is a story about one family's journey, but it is also a universal story about anyone facing a choice between keeping the status quo or moving on to an unknown future. This gripping day-by-day account of what happened and what it has meant is a totally engrossing read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim Palmer

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liesbeth Heenk

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bobcaticus

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emanuel

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Fernstrom

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jo Sorochinsky

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amsterdam Publishers

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Devaney

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maguse

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fred Feldman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Talya Feldman

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  19. 5 out of 5

    Boris Feldman

  20. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Esther Schulder

  23. 5 out of 5

    Iyana Jackson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Meeker

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amsterdam Publishers

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara Warner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mara

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fred

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

  31. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Angeline Gallant

  33. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  34. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  35. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  36. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Manning

  37. 4 out of 5

    Gin

  38. 4 out of 5

    isabelle march

  39. 5 out of 5

    Somamal

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