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Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz (original 1995; udgave 1996)

af Rena Kornreich Gelissen (Forfatter), Heather Dune Macadam (Forfatter)

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A new, expanded edition of Rena's Promise went on sale March 17, 2015. Find it listed in the other editions of this title, or search by ISBN: 978-080709313-9. Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart--a promise to take care of her sister. One of the few Holocaust memoirs about the lives of women in the camps, Rena's Promise is a compelling story of the fleeting human connections that fostered determination and made survival a possibility. From the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, to the links between prisoners, and even prisoners and guards, Rena's Promise reminds us of the humanity and hope that survives inordinate inhumanity.… (mere)
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Titel:Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Forfattere:Rena Kornreich Gelissen (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Heather Dune Macadam (Forfatter)
Info:Beacon Press (1996), Edition: Reprint, 2011 edition, 288 pages
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Nøgleord:female-author, memoir-autobiography, uncategorised, to-read

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Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz af Rena Kornreich Gelissen (1995)

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Every Holocaust survivor memoir is a difficult but important read. When she was writing Rena′s Promise, Heather Macadam was asked, ″What′s it to you?″ I find that both an easy and difficult question to answer. To never forget. To honor those lost and those who survived. To try and understand. But I also feel a personal imperative that is difficult to put in words. It′s a self-directed reflection. What would I have done when faced with impossible choices? Where would I have fallen on the moral spectrum? Rena Kornreich′s focus was clear: everything she did and the choices she made were to save her little sister, Danka, and bring her home.

Rena was the third oldest of four sisters in a conservative Jewish family living in a small village in Poland. Danka was the baby of the family. When Nazi soldiers began harassing the girls, their parents sent them to stay with relatives in nearby Slovakia where conditions for Jews were slightly better. Unfortunately they ended up on the first registered transport of Jewish women to Auschwitz on March 25, 1942. The two sisters spent the next three years first in Auschwitz, then Birkenau. As liberating armies neared, they were forced on a death march to Ravensbruck in January 1945. These two facts—being on the first transport and surviving three years in the camps—make this memoir stand out from others, but the reason as to why they survived intrigues me too.

In The Train in Winter, Caroline Moorehead discusses how women who were communist were more likely to survive in prison and the concentration camps because they organized for each other. Similarly I think Rena survived in part because she was driven by the thought of bringing her baby sister home to her parents. Protecting her sister gave her a reason to life and continue to fight, when she might otherwise have given up. Nationality also played a cohesive role; several male Polish prisoners were instrumental in supplying the sisters with food and warmer clothing. Finding commonality was key to survival.

Although Rena′s Promise is of necessity dark, it was not a dismal read. Rena focuses on all the people that helped them: from Andrzej, who guided her across the border to Slovakia; to Emma, the work kapo who protected her; to Malek, the Polish captain who provided food and clothing. She also focuses on the love she found before, during, and after the war. Upon finishing the book, I was left with a feeling of hope and happiness, not despair. That's not always the case with these types of memoirs. Recommended. ( )
  labfs39 | Feb 28, 2021 |
Every real story is so harrowing. It never becomes easier to digest. These stories are so necessary. ( )
  Slevyr26 | Feb 11, 2020 |
A captivating and heartwrenching story of courage, selflessness, hope, and survival. This book was eye opening and humbling as Rena shared her tale of survival in Auschwitz while trying to remain humane and trying to keep her promise to her sister. Although it takes place during the Holocaust, this memoir does not put a lot of focus on the evils during the time. Rena's will to survive, her selflessness, and her strength during such a tumultuous time were admirable. The story telling was great and at times I had to remind myself that this was her reality for 3 years. There are a few pictures of Rena and Danka included as well.  Two thumbs up ( )
  1forthebooks | May 22, 2018 |
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This is the updated edition of a book first published in 1995 that tells the story of Rena and Danka Kornreich, who were on the first transport of women to Auschwitz in 1942. They survived this terrible ordeal, and this book, in the form of experiences told by Rena to Heather Dune Macadam, is a record of their bravery and survival. It includes a bibliography and questions for book groups as well as drawings and footnotes that give the timeline of the story. There is also a website, http://www.renaspromise.com/, with more information.
  mbkhlibrary | Sep 29, 2015 |
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This is the sort of important book that must be read, even when it contains terrible truths. As survivors of the Holocaust dwindle, their stories must be told and retold, digested and remembered. This is truly a story of survival, one in which humans triumph over unspeakable evil and conquer, even through many scars and setbacks. I struggle to put words to my emotions and to their experiences, but it was deeply felt and truly appreciated. Some survivors close the door on such horrific memories, locking away their personal witnesses. I can't begin to imagine what personal toll it would take to relive and retell these experiences, but I am humbly grateful that these stories are told. ( )
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Human beings are more alike than we are unalike.

And no human being can be more human than another.

-Maja Angelou

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Dear Mama and Papa:

This book is for you. For fifty years I've been telling you this story in my mind. Now it's finally written down and I won't have to tell it anymore.

-Love, Rena

And for Danka:

Without you there would be no story.
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A new, expanded edition of Rena's Promise went on sale March 17, 2015. Find it listed in the other editions of this title, or search by ISBN: 978-080709313-9. Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart--a promise to take care of her sister. One of the few Holocaust memoirs about the lives of women in the camps, Rena's Promise is a compelling story of the fleeting human connections that fostered determination and made survival a possibility. From the bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters, to the links between prisoners, and even prisoners and guards, Rena's Promise reminds us of the humanity and hope that survives inordinate inhumanity.

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