Never to Be Forgotten by Beatrice Muchman
A Young Girl's Holocaust Memoir

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Never to Be Forgotten is a moving and evocative first-person account of the life of a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Belgium. Beatrice Muchman and her family fled from Germany to Belgium after Hitler came to power. In 1943, when the Nazis began rounding up Jews and sending them to death camps, Beatrice's parents entrusted her to a Catholic woman. Beatrice's mother and father were killed, but she survived and was ultimately brought to the United States, where she was adopted by an uncle and aunt who had escaped to America before the war broke out. Because she was so young when these events occurred, Beatrice Muchman often misunderstood situations and motivations, especially because they were never clearly explained, perhaps as an effort to protect her. For years afterwards, she believed that her parents had for some reason abandoned her and in consequence was filled with anger against them. Due to the fortuitous circumstance of discovering a cache of letters from her parents and other relevant documents among the papers of the uncle who had adopted her, Beatrice Muchman, as a mature woman, began exploring her past. Combing her memory for recollections of events she had tried to forget, and combining what she learned from the letters with the account in the diary she had kept as a child, which she now reads with an adult's insight, she was able to reconstruct the story of her Holocaust childhood. In doing so, she came to understand how much her parents had loved her and how pained they were by their final separation.
 

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Published March 6, 2012 by KTAV Publishing House, Inc.. 152 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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 A portrait of a Jewish child's life in hiding in Belgium during the Holocaust, based on recently rediscovered letters by the author's parents, her own childhood diaries, and other documents.

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