Leah Kaufman was nine years old when the Romanian Jews were driven on a death march to Transnistria, a frigid area with hardly any food, shelter, or human decency. Somehow, she lived and lived with her Judaism intact! As a young orphan, all alone, she kept Pesach and Yom Kippur, and remained faithful to her parentsÃ‚Â’ faith in Hashem and love of Judaism. She retained her humanity after a series of harrowing experiences and miraculaous rescues that would have destroyed a less resourceful, less pure person.
When the War was over, the memories of her past lay dormant inside her for fifty years, while she put together a new life in Canada and raised a fine Jewish family. But then she remembered her legacy, her mother's constant charge to her during the last weeks of her life: Ã‚Â“Leah, you must live! You must remember! You must tell the world!Ã‚Â”
She has been telling it ever since. She speaks for those who are forever silenced. Her message of triumph, hope, and continuity brings pride to her audiences and inspires them to return to the Judaism of their grandparents. It's a gripping story, an uplifting story, a story that makes us marvel at the greatness of the Jewish spirit that enabled a young girl all alone in the world to persevere and triumph.
Leah Kaufman has spent many years telling the tale to audiences all over the world; and with Sheina Medwed as her collaborator, she tells it in this marvelous book with flair and sensitivity. When we read it, we see why thousands of listeners have been mesmerized by her story, why audiences of every type have taken Leah Kaufman and Sheina Medwed to their hearts.
A listener wrote, Every once in a while I hear a speaker who makes me look at myself and ask, 'What can I do to make myself a better person?' Thank you for being such an inspiration!Ã‚Â”
This is a book that will be treasured, admired, and shared and remembered!