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Fiets Vase And Other Stories Of Survival Europe 1939 1945 [Hardcover]

Alison Gold
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Aug. 26 2003
In this important new addition to the literature of World War II, Alison Leslie Gold links together the harrowing yet ultimately inspiring personal accounts of individuals who lived through this dark period in human history. Meditating on such themes as kindness, love, and art, their stories shed light upon the various forces that gave people the strength and courage to survive.

From the story of a young Jewish woman who defied death to keep a promise she made to her dead mother to protect her baby sister, to the story of a young Berlin boy, the son of a Nazi, who separated from his father to discover a lifelong passion for the theater, Fiet's Vase and Other Stories of Survival uncovers the glowing sparks of hope and human kindness that carried people through these tragic times.

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The subject of the Holocaust is not a new one for Gold: she was co-author with Miep Gies of Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped Hide the Frank Family. The story of Anne Frank is, in the end, a story of destruction. In her new book, Gold focuses on tales of survival. The vase of the title is the author's reminder of a young woman who didn't survive, of the contingencies on which survival depends. "Not one survivor I've engaged understands why he or she survived and another didn't," Gold writes in her affecting introduction. But the tales gathered here illustrated some of the factors they speculate may have played a role: "unusual resolve, family bonds, human kindness, uncanny luck," even the supernatural. But Gold writes of the survival not only of individuals, but of our larger sense of humanity: of literature (several items from the destroyed Roman Jewish library), of love (the story of Simon Wiesenthal and his wife), of memory (in a survivor who had sworn never to speak of her wartime experiences). Illus.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gold, coauthor (with Miep Gies) of Anne Frank Remembered, offers 20 World War II survival stories. Although most of the book deals with the Holocaust and Jewish threnody, some of the stories involve non-Jews. One chronicles the life of the son of a Nazi, guiltless of his father's complicity in the hatred of Jews. Gold tells how he was reunited with his wife through a series of coincidences after the war. Other accounts include the story of a wife who secretly put her husband's name on Schindler's list instead of her own so that he would not be sent to the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, while she was sent to Auschwitz. Another tells the story of a 12-year-old Hungarian Jewish girl who narrowly escaped being raped by a Russian soldier after a woman offered to take her place. The young girl also was spared from being shot and thrown into the Danube River. Gold spent 15 years researching archives and interviewing survivors from Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Holland. This is a truly remarkable and memorable work that captures the horrors of war in an era of unfathomable evil. George Cohen
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5.0 out of 5 stars indelible memories Dec 11 2003
Format:Hardcover
I've read dozens of Holocaust testimonials, but this collection is certainly one of the most gripping. Though they are survivor tales, they do not make for light reading (they do make for important reading). I'm still haunted by one story in particular about a young boy who escapes being buried alive -- I challenge you to read this book and not be plagued by the image of his teacher, Jablonski. The author does a fabulous job of culling together incredible stories of how dumb luck, random chance or connections play a role in saving people from unspeakable evil. An important collection that should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Stirring, Real Sept. 25 2003
Format:Hardcover
Alison Leslie Gold has given us both truth and connection through the women's lives that she shares with us. In their stories, we find answers to the mystery of survival within that inexplicable fabric of love and spirituality. These are tales that have not been told before, not this entirely.
It is time for the public to honor the women of the Holocaust. "Any consistent Nazi plan had to target Jewish women specifically as women, for they were the only ones who would finally be able to ensure the continuity of Jewish life. In deed, although statistical data about the Holocaust will never be exact, there is sound evidence that the odds for surviving the Holocaust were worse for Jewish women than for Jewish men" (Rittner and Roth, Different Voices)
Gold, honors these women whose stories have been ignored for so long, so that we may now we honor their struggles and memory with our own lives. Thank you for the service you do for womankind.
Shalom, Heather Dune Macadam (co-author, Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz -- part of Rena's story is cited in this wonderful book.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Galloping through horror Sept. 24 2003
Format:Hardcover
We all have nightmares, but this one was real. In Fiet's Vase we gallop through horror after horror in Europe between 1939 and 1945. There is a thread of hope weaving its way through the book, reminding us of the immeasurable human spirit and of its infinite capacity to survive against the depths of human depravity. This book gives a powerful look, taste and feel of some of those special spirits and the conditions they survived. I am grateful for and inspired by Fiet's Vase, thank you Alison Leslie Gold. Now I must weep for humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars indelible memories Dec 11 2003
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read dozens of Holocaust testimonials, but this collection is certainly one of the most gripping. Though they are survivor tales, they do not make for light reading (they do make for important reading). I'm still haunted by one story in particular about a young boy who escapes being buried alive -- I challenge you to read this book and not be plagued by the image of his teacher, Jablonski. The author does a fabulous job of culling together incredible stories of how dumb luck, random chance or connections play a role in saving people from unspeakable evil. An important collection that should not be missed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galloping through horror Sept. 24 2003
By Sheelagh O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We all have nightmares, but this one was real. In Fiet's Vase we gallop through horror after horror in Europe between 1939 and 1945. There is a thread of hope weaving its way through the book, reminding us of the immeasurable human spirit and of its infinite capacity to survive against the depths of human depravity. This book gives a powerful look, taste and feel of some of those special spirits and the conditions they survived. I am grateful for and inspired by Fiet's Vase, thank you Alison Leslie Gold. Now I must weep for humanity.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Stirring, Real Sept. 25 2003
By heather dune macadam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Alison Leslie Gold has given us both truth and connection through the women's lives that she shares with us. In their stories, we find answers to the mystery of survival within that inexplicable fabric of love and spirituality. These are tales that have not been told before, not this entirely.
It is time for the public to honor the women of the Holocaust. "Any consistent Nazi plan had to target Jewish women specifically as women, for they were the only ones who would finally be able to ensure the continuity of Jewish life. In deed, although statistical data about the Holocaust will never be exact, there is sound evidence that the odds for surviving the Holocaust were worse for Jewish women than for Jewish men" (Rittner and Roth, Different Voices)
Gold, honors these women whose stories have been ignored for so long, so that we may now we honor their struggles and memory with our own lives. Thank you for the service you do for womankind.
Shalom, Heather Dune Macadam (co-author, Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz -- part of Rena's story is cited in this wonderful book.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative source book Nov. 27 2008
By William R. Bullerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book offers a collection of summarized stories of those who survived World War II concentration camps. In one story, it covers a man who survived POW camp after an extended time "on the lam" with the assistance of Italian partisans who took enormous risks of reprisal from the Germans for their assistance.

The stories are collected in chapters which group like experiences together. In itself, this book is very moving and informative about the German solution in WW II. I learned a great deal about the treatment that the Jews and others received from the master race that is gone over lightly in general books on the subject.

The primary benefit of this book for me was to introduce me to several full length personal accounts written by the people featured. The story of Joseph Bau (he was put on Schindler's list), Wladyslaw Szpilman (the Pianist), Solly Ganor (a central figure in the Mr. Jablonksi story listed in another review) and others are introduced and their works found in the blbliography. I obtained 5 or 6 and have read them to get a deeper understanding and appreciation of what they endured and how the Holocaust affected them and continued to do so in later life. I highly recommend this book in its own right as well as using it as a pointer to further study.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A child's review Aug. 2 2004
By A. G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am 14 years old and I am really enjoying this book. It teaches me alot and at times I can't put it down. I reccomend this book highly and encourage children to read it.
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