Worlds Torn Asunder

By Dov Beril Edelstein

" vital own and historic document... Gracefully written... a triumph of the human spirit... a universal message." 
-- Prof. Emeritus Michael Kerestesi, Wayne country University 

More than a Holocaust survivor memoir. extra than just a harrowing story of survival and desire. What makes this tale distinctive is its unique third-dimensional intensity.  A retired Rabbi and educator, the writer masterfully weaves own memoir into historic context, with a deep appreciation for Jewish lore and tradition.

Dov Beril Edelstein used to be Auschwitz inmate #A7868.  He misplaced either parents, both grandparents and 2 brothers within the holocaust. yet he survived... a twisting trip of terrific actual, emotional and non secular persistence.  

But readers of all stripes also will achieve a unique glimpse into the full richness of Jewish existence in Hungary within the years top as much as the war. Jewish religion, customs, neighborhood and ethics not just backed wish for survivors like Edelstein, those values proceed to encourage the forgiveness and tolerance which outline the Jewish point of view in this nonetheless surreal interval of history.

Originally released in the US and later in German via Bohlau Verlag Publishing,  Worlds Torn Asunder has additionally been used for over a decade as a textual content at a variety of faculties and universities in faith courses with titles like "The Quest for Wholeness."  This enduring memoir is celebrating its twenty seventh yr with the discharge of a brand new digital version.

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I used to be approximately to blow up. I had continuously considered ladies as having circumscribed pursuits and restricted info. finally, they didn't attend yeshiva, nor may they hearken to the discussions of the clever on the synagogue. but right here I had simply witnessed a profound exposition of the main cardinal factor at the Jewish time table. All this from women my age! I envied Dinah and Channah. I too had searing doubts and gnawing questions, yet there has been nobody with whom to debate them brazenly. Shiele was once too younger and too pensive.

She had come to invite for a few loved ones merchandise from mom. Her pinkish cheeks made an ideal mixture with the 2 raven­black braids of hair dangling down her shoulders. quickly, Channah her with another excuse. Neither of the sisters in a rush; they stayed in our room and engaged mom in dialog. As i used to be now staring at the 2 sisters very heavily, i spotted that Dinah’s hair was once of a deeper hue than Channah’s. Like her sister, Channah had her hair prepared in lengthy braids gliding down her shoulders.

Mendel by no means recovered his normalcy. His challenger, deeply moved via the tragedy, grew to become a recluse, spending all of his time in learn, prayer, and meditation. I nonetheless see Mendel as I observed him that night after cheder. i've got attempted to examine how he may have seemed simply sooner than the fateful second whilst he made his selection to go to the useless. I deplore and bemoan the waste of this really good formative years. He might have been a pacesetter of his humans. while I arrived domestic, it was once already ten o’clock, yet thankfully for me my absence had long past left out.

I repositioned myself in order that i may back breathe freely. The swap labored for a little while. on the other hand i used to be suffocating. Panicked, I shoved tougher this time, yet back with out effects. unexpectedly understanding i used to be being too dainty, I drove my fingernails into his softer elements, fast ridding myself of this yoke of demise. once again cradled within the bosom of the human shipment, lulled by means of the rolling wheels, I again to desires and visions. They got here swifter now, in no obvious order. every now and then the educate stopped, and that i might strength apart a small interest to grasp the place, rather who prefer to stay semiconscious.

Schroeder lightly attempted to persuade me to hide the fringes of my tallit katan less than my blouse and to rearrange my earlocks so they will be much less conspicuous. Such worldliness and float towards heresy i couldn't abide, so I had fled from her as from temptation itself. still, we had remained pals. within the moment accommodation lived the Schwartz relations. the daddy was once a widower and an avowed follower of the Szatmarer Rebbe. He had sons and 3 daughters. the more youthful son was once approximately my age, seventeen.

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