In 1933, high-school sweethearts Yanosh and Eva carved their names on a tree and dreamed of a better world. Now, as they emerge from hiding into the rubble of what was Warsaw, they must confront the destruction of everyone and everything they knew and loved – except each other. For them, nurturing a new life means rejecting ideologies and journeying to a faraway land. On their way, they meet and are helped by Bora, a Zionist ex-partisan, whose war will not end until he makes sure justice is done to those who murdered the Jews.
Yehiel Grenimann describes the revival of Jewish life in the refugee camps of central Europe through telling Yanosh and Eva’s story. With sensitive prose, the author captures the courage and tenderness of their relationship as these young survivors overcome challenges, marry and journey toward hope and healing.
Read an excerpt from the book here.
“Based both on a reading of history and on family experience, this novel presents in compelling form the lives of people who suffer through the Holocaust and then find a way to keep going in the face of national and personal tragedy.”
Dr. Yisrael Cohen, co-editor (1990-2007) of “Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe” of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The novel is now available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble as well.
Ordered it through Mazo for my Mum and Dad in Melbourne and delivered in 3 days!
From America, I was able to order the book as soon as it was released and enjoyed your book greatly. The characters are well developed and vivid as are the descriptions of their world. The story draws the reader in. So glad I had the moment to complete it – will recommend to others!
…and the sequel??!! It was a great read and an insight into the reality of the day to day that was ‘life’ for survivors. Just went to a Minyan for a 93 yr old Polish guy, the father of a school friend. He had a secret locked draw next to his bed. Days before the end the son forced him to give up the key, expecting to find share certificates, cash or title deeds. But instead it was full of dried pieces of Challah [bread] saved from Shabbos meals in the Old Peoples Home!!
I am glad you enjoyed the novel. I have a similar story or two. My quiet Dad, the ex-partisan, died a couple of years ago. He worked as a watchmaker in a little store in Richmond (inner city suburb of Melbourne) for 58 years, until just two weeks before he passed away at the ripe old age of 95. Over the years he told us of a safe under the floor of his shop which we should open after he went the way of all flesh and that we should share the contents. I was already back in Israel right after the shiva when my two brothers called. They had pulled up the floor boards, discovered and opened the safe. What did they find – a pistol!
Regarding a sequel – I am working on it, but if it takes the time this novel took me – six years – it will be a while yet. I am pretty busy as a rabbi and human rights activist.. .Can anyone tell me how to add a few more hours to each day?!?!
I am delighted you enjoyed the novel and appreciate your recommendation to friends. As an unknown author in the USA I need all the help I can get.
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