From Ashes to Life by Lucille Eichengreen
My Memories of the Holocaust

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In this disturbing but inspirational account of her experiences of the Holocaust, Lucille Eichengreen relates her journey as a young Jewish girl through Nazi Germany and Poland - including internment in the camps at Auschwitz, Neuengamme, and Bergen-Belsen. It was a journey that began in 1933, when she was eight years old and witnessed the beginnings of Jewish persecution, a journey along which she suffered the horrible deaths of her father, mother and sister. Sustained by great courage and resourcefulness, Lucille Eichengreen emerged from her nightmare with the inner strength to build a new life for herself in the United States. Only in 1991 did she return to Germany and Poland to assess the Jewish situation there. Her story is a testament to the very thing the Holocaust sought to destroy: the regeneration of Jewish life. Blessed with a remarkable memory that made her one of the most effective witnesses in the postwar trial of her persecutors, Eichengreen has composed a memoir of exceptional accuracy. As important as its factual accuracy is its emotional clarity and truth. Simple and direct, Eichengreen's words compel with their moral authority.
 

About Lucille Eichengreen

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Eichengreen, a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and Auschwitz, Neuengamme, and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, fled to Paris in 1945 and thin in 1946, made her way to New York, where she met her husband, Dan. Fromer is cofounder of the Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum in Berkeley, California.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Mercury House, San Francisco. 214 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Soon after, Eichengreen, her mother, and her sister are deported to Poland's Lodz Ghetto, where the author watches her mother swell up and die: ``...the skinny, ragged wagoner was seen day after day picking up the ghetto dead....On July 1, 1942, he stopped at our door.'' The siblings try to obtai...

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Eichengreen's simple, almost childlike style is a perfect vehicle for retelling the horrors of the Holocaust, allowing the full force of the events to come through without a filtering literary sensibility.

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