Marking Humanity: Stories, Poems, & Essays by Holocaust Survivors
Edited by Shlomit Kriger
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Release Date: July 18, 2010
Specifications: Paperback – 6 x 9 inches, 312 pages.
Includes some black & white photos from the Holocaust, as well as bios and photos of the survivors.
ISBN: 978-0-9864770-0-3 (Paperback)
978-0-9864770-1-0 (ePub eBook), 978-0-9864770-2-7 (Mobi eBook)
Price: $27.99 CAN (Paperback), $9.99 (eBook)
Reading Level: Appropriate for readers who are 16 years of age or older. Teachers or others wishing to share this book with groups should use their own discretion in deciding on its suitability.
**A portion of the proceeds is donated to Holocaust centres
Imagine sitting across from a member of the German Secret State Police and negotiating with him to allow for the release of Jewish youngsters and for the establishment of a Jewish school. What can a teenager do when forced to march past the gallows and see how two of his campmates were hung? These are just some of the very real experiences that afflicted the 46 featured Holocaust survivors. The survivors are people just like you—with hearts, minds, families, and dreams—who got caught in a torrent of hatred and discrimination that Germany’s Nazi regime instigated between 1933 and 1945. But they remained resilient, refused to be silenced, and went on to rebuild their lives in the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, England, and Germany. Now you can attain a first-hand glimpse into their hardships, triumphs, courage, personal reflections, prayers, and growth through their bios and 70 writings revealing the depths of what came through them as they sought to make sense of their inner and outer worlds, amidst the chaos that ensued and as they later rediscovered their place on the globe.
Marking Humanity illuminates lessons from the survivors and Holocaust and emphasizes their relevancy today. Readers are encouraged to consider how every person helps to shape the world and the collective shifts that can be created so future generations discover the true meaning of Never Again.
Celebrate the indomitable spirits of Holocaust survivors, who serve as an example for others
still struggling to be heard and to reach the waves of love, peace, and healing.
“This extraordinary collection, written by a group of diverse and talented individuals, provides unique insight into the powerful legacy of Holocaust survivorship.”
— Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
“The contents are poignant and touching. Books like this one serve as an important record of the horrors of the Holocaust and the resilience of the human spirit.”
— Office of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
“Even though the survivors’ offerings are diverse and their experiences are different, they seemingly speak with one voice, of one experience.”
— From the Foreword by Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust
“Marking Humanity is a moving, enlightening window into the souls and hearts of a varied group of Holocaust survivors. History happens one heartbreak and one triumph at a time, and this book helps us see and feel it through these personal writings.”
— Amy Sky, singer/songwriter
“All of the memoirs conveyed in Marking Humanity are a poignant reminder of lives lost in the madness of the Shoah. This anthology unfolds under the deadly thud of the Nazi jackboot marching over the lives of Jewish mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. A must read for a world once again on the cusp of descending into a new abyss of intolerance and ancient hatreds.”
— Ian Leventhal, Executive Director for the Toronto office of the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada
“Before time and circumstance erase Holocaust survivors from existence, their tragic stories must be recorded. Even now, as we advance in the twenty-first century, we are confronted by deniers, dictators, bullies, and fiends who wish to destroy the Jewish people and our precious State of Israel. They accuse us of falsehood, despite the fact that the barbed wire, barracks, and gas chambers of Nazi hellholes still stand. In Marking Humanity it is apparent that the agony and suffering is real. The voices are eloquent. The enduring pain is horrific. We can only bear witness, but that is our duty to the martyrs and victims of hatred and brutality.”
— Vivian Jeanette Kaplan, author of Ten Green Bottles: Vienna to Shanghai—Journey of Fear and Hope
“The intimate stories, poems, and essays by the Holocaust survivors in this book give all humanity the ultimate gift of the most intense hope, strength, faith, and compassion of which the human being is capable. May all who read it humbly bend a knee before their victorious examples.”
— Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
“A moving testimony to the power of creative expression in helping survivors of extreme trauma begin to heal their souls. In the words of Dora Posluns: ‘Can one imagine Auschwitz? You must write!’ ”
— Stephen K. Levine, author of Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering
“Evocative writing. Political power. This compilation fusing history, essays, and poetry reminds us of some of the worst horrors of the Holocaust and of how many did not make it through. But over and over it testifies to the strength of the human spirit, as well as to the lives that survivors managed to create and their desire to be sure we know what happened. The editor reminds us that there are reasons for the hatred that infiltrates our world and much we still need to do to stop humiliation and hatred and to end and prevent genocide.”
— Ruth W. Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service
“Marking Humanity is a true gift to humanity and future generations. The Holocaust survivors tell their stories to those of us who can only attempt to comprehend the atrocities committed not so long ago. Soon these stories will be lost to us, but not so thanks to Shlomit’s efforts. The book has a flow that takes the reader into each individual’s life and celebrates the ability to come through. I thank Shlomit for bringing such goodness into the world. We all need to learn and remember.”
— Julie Starr, Possibility Life Coaching for Women