From Auschwitz with love by Daniel Seymour (Book Review #1223)


From Auschwitz with love is a memoir of two sisters, Manci and Ruth Grunberger, surviving quite an ordeal. They were a happy Jewish family living in former Czechoslovakia and doing all the normal things such as going to school and hanging out with friends.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Things changed when the German forces took over in 1944 and the Grunbergers were transported to Poland. The girls are separated from their family and alone suffer a lot. Unfortunately, their parents and siblings are murdered in the gas chambers.

The two sisters survive seven months in Auschwitz and another five months marching through the Sudeten Mountains at the mercy of brutal SS guards before being rescued near the Danish border. The sisters are found by a family in Philadelphia and become some of the first Jewish refugees brought to the United States.

Manci and Ruthie’s life shows us the real effects of the holocaust and truly takes you to what extent someone can receive abuse and still find a way to live and survive. There is so much feeling in this book that I felt like I was sitting next to each scene, watching it unfold. It is written well and is descriptive.

The story is all about love, standing for what you believe in, faith, and commitment. I recommend this book to those who like to read memoirs and historical readings.

Written by Jeyran Main

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