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An expanded edition of the powerful memoir about two sisters determination to survive during the Holocaust featuring new and never before revealed information about the first transport of women to AuschwitzIn March 1942, Rena Kornreich and 997 other young women were rounded up and forced onto the first Jewish transport of women to Auschwitz Soon after, Rena was reunited with her sister Danka at the camp, beginning a story of love and courage that would last three years and forty one days From smuggling bread for their friends to narrowly escaping the ever present threats that loomed at every turn, the compelling events in Renas Promise remind us that humanity and hope can survive inordinate brutality....

Title : Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
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ISBN : 0807093130
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Beacon Press Revised ed edition March 17, 2015
Number of Pages : 320 pages
File Size : 862 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Rena's Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz Reviews

  • Jasminet
    2019-01-22 18:38

    Seldom do I read a book where I want it to go on longer. I'm usually ready to move on. Knowing Rena survived made it easier to read because I grew to admire and love her. A single potato peel found on the ground was a mouthwatering bit of food and she saved half for her sister! Incredible. What an engaging story.

  • webdevgirl
    2019-02-11 23:29

    Once in a while a story comes along that is so amazing and so eloquently told that it takes your breath away. This is one such story. I could not put it down. I've been a student of the Holocaust for nearly 40 years -- since I saw my first documentary on TV at the age of 16 and set out on a quest to understand why and how such an event could happen. This story is unique in that it adeptly illustrates someone who manages to maintain their sense of humanity despite all invitations to do otherwise. There is a soft strength to Rena and a level of caring that the world is so in need of today. Rena, wherever you are now, thank you for your courage in telling your story and thank you, Heather, for the love and care you gave and continue to give to Rena, Danke, and the others through your dedication to and loving care of their story. I, for one, will never forget.

  • Dorcas Nepple
    2019-02-03 20:28

    Rena's Promise is most definitely the best memoir I have ever read on the Holocaust. Rena's story shows how compassion for her sister gave her the courage and will to live, no matter what harrowing circumstances she encountered. Having arrived on the first transport of women in 1942, Rena survived more than three years in the Auschwitz-Berkenau concentration camp--a feat that amazed even her captors. The facts are researched and well-documented. From initially thinking how bad can a labor camp possibly be (after all she was raised on a farm and used to hard work), to the dawning realization that this was hell on earth, I was riveted by Rena's courage, cleverness, and most of all her compassion for her sister, Danke. How Rena and her sister managed to survive starvation, beatings, illness, elude Dr. Mengele, and even the infamous death march in 1945, is a story I could not put down and not forget.

  • Tdescombes
    2019-02-03 15:38

    Whenever I feel like complaining over one of life's little annoyances, there's nothing that looks good in the fridge, it's drizzling outside and I just did my hair, any of a number of silly examples of what may seem important but are actually trivial, this book swirls up to haunt me...making me realize how ridiculously easy my life is and reminding me of a pair of women, two among millions, who stood up in the face of unimaginable evil with strength, courage and unwavering faith and emerged, victorious. This is the gift of RENA'S PROMISE.

  • Dfetchko
    2019-01-26 20:25

    How one woman, Rena, survived as well as encouraged others, especially her sister Danka, to never give up hope! A TRUE HERO AND ANGEL! I wept with rage and laughed with joy on her unbearable and relentless first person account of the atrocities she endured! To believe that the whole world didn't know about what was happening is to say there is no humanity! History will only tell if and when it could or won't happen once again! I will never forget Rena Kornreich.

  • charlie
    2019-02-17 21:44

    An Amazing Story! I learned so much reading this. You would think a story like this would be depressing but I found it