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Walk Forward by [Raskin, Rosa]
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Hidden secrets are discovered by a member of the second generation in her fifty year search for her sister, Eugenia, lost in the Holocaust. Jewish family members are caught in a hellish spider's web as the "last 500." As pawns in the chess game between Hitler's assistants, they survive the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Stutthof, the burning city of Dresden, Germany, and are released from concentration camp Theresienstadt. Born in Germany after the Holocaust, Rosie remembers the Displaced Persons' camp on her journey to the United States, as a three-year-old refugee on the troop carrier, the USS General William C. Langfitt. The theme of the book is the importance of family, no matter the time or the place. The true story includes scenes from her family's four years in captivity, and events in the lives of her Christian relatives during the First and Second World War. Rosie's mother, Louise, pictured on the front of the book, was not in the Holocaust, but enabled her husband, a survivor, and post-war family to "walk forward." The purpose of the narrative is to continue to uncover information about her lost sister, and all the children that remain missing, or perished in the Holocaust.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rosa S. Raskin & Associates, LLC (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H6Y7AC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,196,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I began to read this true tale of loss and loyalty, I felt the heartache of a man named Herman Chimowicz who survived the holocaust and returned home without his wife and nine-year-old daughter. I got caught in the story because a wife was assumed dead, and a daughter was not.

During the years after the war while he half heartedly began the process of repairing his life, Herman questioned returned prisoners of the concentration camp in an effort to hear news of his daughter and got none. Herman still refused to have his daughter declared dead.

In the author's desperate attempt to find her biological sister, Walk Forward reads like a long letter to her. She spoke to her of her family, their love for her, their travels, and lineage, while never letting go of the hope that Eugenia was alive. You learn of the carnage and the suffering of World War 2 survivors from this author's personal vantage point built with bits and pieces told to her by her father, and other family members.

The story takes you on the impossible odyssey yet gives a detailed account of the events of one of the most horrific wars in history, from the cattle trains loaded with dying human beings to the death chambers where the terrified, bewildered victims met their dark destinies.

Rosa Raskin leaves no clue unexamined regarding her oldest sisters whereabouts in her intense research where she reports everything, including exact dates of events of the Holocaust in motion - right down to the tattooed numbers on the arms of some of the survivors.

Raskin illuminates the reports of a hell by design, choreographed by a mad man, in striking detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remnants of Inhumanity Feb. 8 2013
By Joanne Mazzotta - Published on Amazon.com
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When I began to read this true tale of loss and loyalty, I felt the heartache of a man named Herman Chimowicz who survived the holocaust and returned home without his wife and nine-year-old daughter. I got caught in the story because a wife was assumed dead, and a daughter was not.

During the years after the war while he half heartedly began the process of repairing his life, Herman questioned returned prisoners of the concentration camp in an effort to hear news of his daughter and got none. Herman still refused to have his daughter declared dead.

In the author's desperate attempt to find her biological sister, Walk Forward reads like a long letter to her. She spoke to her of her family, their love for her, their travels, and lineage, while never letting go of the hope that Eugenia was alive. You learn of the carnage and the suffering of World War 2 survivors from this author's personal vantage point built with bits and pieces told to her by her father, and other family members.

The story takes you on the impossible odyssey yet gives a detailed account of the events of one of the most horrific wars in history, from the cattle trains loaded with dying human beings to the death chambers where the terrified, bewildered victims met their dark destinies.

Rosa Raskin leaves no clue unexamined regarding her oldest sisters whereabouts in her intense research where she reports everything, including exact dates of events of the Holocaust in motion - right down to the tattooed numbers on the arms of some of the survivors.

Raskin illuminates the reports of a hell by design, choreographed by a mad man, in striking detail. She seems to be talking with Eugenia over tea about her father's beginnings while paying testimony to her father's love for his first born, and she does it well. She speaks to the reign of Hitler and how this family of devoted Jews intended to migrate to Israel and while the notion may have saved them, they in turn could not conceive of the horrors that followed their delayed plans until it was too late.

This true story has a way of keeping your attention on one of the millions of families separated from their dreams by Hitler's insanity... You get to know these people and care for them, most especially Herman, the man who survived the worst imaginable while never letting go of his belief that his nine year old daughter Eugenia did too.

Herman did survive but the question remains in the center of his daughter Rosa's book; Did he ever really heal? His daughter Rosie endured her father's legacy and his nightmare when she gave it a voice in her beautiful love letter to her missing sister.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget... Jan. 29 2015
By Doug DePew - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished Walk Forward and I'm a bit speechless. Some reviewers are correct that it's a bit repetitive, but I think they're missing the point of the book. Rosa is looking for her sister. She's not trying to win a Pulitzer Prize. It's telling the story of her family and in that...she is quite successful. The style is quite like sitting down and listening to Rosa tell it. Yes, sometimes she repeats herself. I had no problem keeping up, though. Most of the poor reviews admit that they did not read the book. That's a shame. If they had, they would realize what an important story this is. The proofing is fine. It's the editing that could use some work. It is not difficult to read or understand.

I learned many things reading the heartbreaking story of Rosa's family. I have studied history and World War II in particular, but a lot of this I had never heard before. The formation of the ghettos and the selection process for the concentration camps was fascinating. How some survived as seen through the eyes of those who knew them is priceless. I also had never really seen exactly how the immigration process through Ellis Island worked. Hearing about the Holocaust through the memories of a survivor and the next generation is priceless. Many stories were not preserved in this way.

This book does repeat itself and does sometimes jump around. That does not detract from the importance of the story, though. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. If you're looking for a polished, cookie cutter story, you will be disappointed. If you're looking for the truth, read this book.

I hope Rosa learns what happened to her sister.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad story but happy ending April 23 2013
By R. G. S. Silten - Published on Amazon.com
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My name is Gabriele and, like Rosa Raskin, I am a Child Survivor of the Holocaust (Shoah in Hebrew). Her book is fantastic, very well written and explained what happened where. The beginning is about her family and that can be a bit confusing, but it is important because she writes about her grandparents and the generation(s) before then. When she gets to her own story, the first thing that impresses one, is the still ongoing search for her sister, Genia. Even now, neither she nor her family, nor we, the readers, know what happened to her sister though it is likely that she was murdered by the Germans (my opinion). Rosa Raskin and I have vastly different experiences, but there was an immediate bond between us, as is very, very often the case with survivors. I recommend this book very highly; I would even say that it is a "must-read". If you are studying the Shoah or are interested in it - READ THIS BOOK. It is well worth your while and your time. One of the best books I've read in a while.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Walk Forward" An Inspirational Read for Young & Old Sept. 27 2012
By Jon Gould - Published on Amazon.com
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"Walk Forward" is a gripping account of the Holocaust depicting the horrific mental and physical anguish faced during a family's remarkable survival during the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, Stutthof, and the burning city of Dresden. The story is told through the eyes of young Rosie born in Germany after the Holocaust and the family's resettlement in America. Frequent trips to Germany because of her father's restart of the family business in Germany and frequent conversations with parents and extended family during her coming of age and curious searches through a messy drawer archiving the family's Holocaust photos and clippings leads to a captivating storyline inviting the reader into the family circle. "Walk Forward" provides a firsthand account of a Holocaust family's adjustment to life in America and the drama of an endless search by Rosie and family for a missing sister. The author is a gifted writer, story teller and researcher. Her graduate degrees in the biological sciences and information science serve her well. "Walk Forward" is indeed an inspirational read for both the young and old.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Account of the Holocaust Oct. 13 2012
By C. Balcher - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't put the book down! It is a very moving personal account of the Holocaust and how it affected the author's family, her father who survived, her mother who married in the saddest of circumstances, and her half-sister who the author never met. The account is very detailed and is a lesson of survival. The author wrote this book in the hopes that her sister might hear of it and that they may eventually meet.