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I Love You My Child, I'm Abandoning You: Holocaust book memoirsI Love You My Child, I'm Abandoning You: Holocaust book memoirs by Ariela Palacz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An emotional, heartrending and poignant story...

I have read many books about this horrible time in history and my heart breaks each time I read someone else’s experiences. The author writes in a way that makes you feel that you are right there with her and feeling every emotion that she is feeling. How she was able to go through all that she did and still has a strong will to make the best of life just astonishes me. She lost her family and I can’t even begin to imagine what that would be like. She is definitely an inspiration to me and I thank her for writing this book so that the horrors of the holocaust will never be forgotten. What makes this story so powerful is that it is written from a child’s perspective during the Second World War. We usually think of only adults when it comes to history’s atrocities, overlooking those who suffer and are damaged the most...children.

I Love You My Child, I'm Abandoning You, is about an exceptional young student, Paulette, who is surrounded by a loving family. But one day she is abruptly and unexpectedly forced to meet head-on the barbarous reality of the Holocaust, together with the rest of French Jewry. The young Paulette is forced to separate from her family, and as a result, she is abandoned by her father. However, in spite of her difficult and appalling life experiences, she remained positive and optimistic, holding on to her aspirations for life even in the darkest hours.

Author Ariela Palacz paints her life story in a very vivid and moving way through the character of diminutive Paulette Szenker. She sensitively weaves both past and present into an authentic and touching journey that moves between WWII France and present-day Israel. This is an emotional, heartrending and poignant story about the human spirit and the longing for a family, a tradition, and a nation.

Each Holocaust survivor has a unique and individual story. However, these survivors’ stories didn’t end in 1945. They continue through to the present day. Their testimonies provide us with an understanding of how the events of the Holocaust have shaped their lives and are an ongoing testimony to the strength of the human spirit.

Ariela Palacz’s actual story of survival offers an interesting all encompassing human dramatization that stretches out from the dim days of the Second World War to the autonomous State of Israel. A holding and inspiringly idealistic account based on her own personal experiences, you’ll appreciate each page of this captivating voyage of hope and inspiration. This really is a remarkable story.

If I read the author’s biography correctly, my condolences to her family. May she Rest In Peace.

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