Reader Reviews

Pat Day

This book is outstanding. I was unable to put it down. Nachman Libeskind is an inspiring example of integrity,optimism and kindness in the face of unimaginable adversity. I highly recommend this book.

Strongly recommends this book.

Lesley Bodemann

This was a phenomenal read! So much of what we know about the Jews during the Nazi era is how they were either confined to the camps or were part of the resistance. This book is exceptional because it gives one a sense of the what life really was like for the non-Orthodox Jew or the ones who tried to escape and made choices based on limited options but still struggled to find meaning and acceptance in their choices. I felt like I was riding an emotional rollercoaster reading this book, yet at the forefront was Nachman’s rarely flagging optimism and striving for a better life for him and his family.

Strongly recommends this book

Mandy Jenkinson

The subtitle of this book says it all really. “How Nachman Libeskind Survived the Nazis, Gulags, and Soviet Communism”. Nachman Libeskind was a remarkable man and this biography is the story of his remarkable life. It’s the saga of a Jewish family before, during and after World War Two and an incredible tale of survival, courage, determination and, to a large degree, sheer luck. His daughter encouraged her father to record his life and three years after his death in 2001 she discovered he had done just that. She found a box of tapes on which he had recorded in great detail the trajectory of his journey to ultimate safety in the US. Based on these tapes, she compiled this wonderfully moving and compelling account of just how he managed to survive all that the 20th century threw at him and his family.
Annette Libeskind Berkovits herself forged a successful career at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, and her brother is the internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. So this is not only their father’s story but also theirs, and as such is a testament to the human spirit’s ability to triumph over adversity.

Strongly recommends this book

Laura Smith

This is probably the best book I have ever read about life during the second world war. A true story, written by a daughter from tapes and memories of stories told, this is a rich tapestry. Nachman is the most likeable and lovely man, with high morals. Reading about all he did to help where he could was humbling, though you never get the sense that he is a do-gooder. His strong personality shines through the entire book, and had me spellbound. When I read of his death at the end of the book, I cried. It was like a great friend had passed away. The author should be very proud – not only did she have a one in a million, wonderful father, but she has a great talent and through her writing she has brought him to life for us.

Strongly recommends this book

Pam Thomas

What an interesting historical book this is, using correspondence and tapes her father made she shows how he survived the Nazis, Soviet Communism and Gulag, where he experienced hardships and survival, how he lived in the city where the holocaust was devised, but exposes the evil of war, repression . How he believed America represented good, safe, uplifting and that the twin towers holds a memory that tells a story of symbolism. Its a balance between oral history, recovered memory and a insight into her fathers persona.​

Strongly recommends this book


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