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Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth [Paperback]

Gina Roitman
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Oct. 1 2008
In Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, author Gina Roitman has captured her own experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in the character of Leah Smilovitz. An outsider, she belongs neither to her parents’ painful generation nor to her own.

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Krossing creates credible characters whose narrative chronicles their lives in well-paced colourful prose. (CM Magazine 20040408)

Roitman’s most captivating chapters deal with Leah’s parents, the legacy of their Holocaust experiences, and how they impact the life of their Canadian daughter. (Jewish Book World 20090601)

About the Author

Gina Roitman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, was born in Passau, Germany in 1948 and lived in the Pocking-Waldstadt Displaced Persons Camp before emigrating to Canada as a child. An award-winning writer and poet, she is currently completing a film entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me – a documentary about her discovery that the horrific stories she thought were told to terrify her as a child were actually true. She lives in Montreal.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Communicating the Incommunicable June 21 2010
Gina Roitman, a communications expert, must have realized what a challenge she set for herself - to convey the conflicting feelings of a sensitive Jewish girl, raised in the boiling pot which is Montreal Quebec by parents who were Holocaust survivors. Each chapter in the book could be considered an individual short story, but their full impact can only be realized by reading the book as a whole. The reader can only imagine the pressure on a child to cope with three competing influences in her life - the psychic inheritance of parental nightmares; the inhabitant of a society struggling to re-identify itself as the Quebec Quiet Revolution is gestating, and the normal but critical issues and choices which any child encounters when striving to attain adulthood.
Riotman skillfully interweaves these pulls, resulting in the reader witnessing the growth of a beautiful young child into an independent young woman detemined to fashion her unique identity and safeguard it against those who would try to shape her into someone she is not.
These stories are set in locales, with which the author is obviously familiar, from around the world - Europe, Canada, Israel. The reader actually lives the experiences of the protagonist with her! And the book holds us to the end, as we wait to see if she can survive both the benign and harmful attempts to control her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich Read Aug. 31 2010
By Bern
Gina's mother could be anyone's mother. Her tales are amusing and moving. I found myself laughing and crying all in the one story. Its a cake of a book. Rich. Dense. Savoury. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book very much May 6 2014
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To anyone interested in what happened to a lot of people that emigrated after the second world war. The children of these people and the problems with trying to,fit in.
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