Jewish Book Council Review @JewishBook #HolocaustEducation - August 8, 2017

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Foreword by Mordecai Paldiel - There are few books of Holocaust testimony that include pictures of families who lived through those times. This book is valuable as it contains family photographs...memorabilia, letters, postcards, family trees, and Nazi signage gives a comprehensive look at what Jewish families in Europe went through during the Nazi era and beyond. A useful resource for the education of today's youth, this book is recommended for ages 12 to 16.

 Hala and Ignas Krakowiak in front of 1936 Winter Olympic Venue.   

Hala and Ignas Krakowiak in front of 1936 Winter Olympic Venue.

 

Holocaust Council of the JFED of Greater Metrowest @jfedgmw - September 25, 2017

Today Robert Max, an American WWII veteran, spoke about his capture and incarceration in Nazi labor camps. To say that this vibrant man of 94 years is an inspirational speaker would be a gross understatement. He relates that what kept him alive was the Jewish faith instilled in him by his mother (and the dreams of eating her home cooking once again). His book, The Long March Home will be available in February 2018.

 

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Midwest Book Reviews - The Holocaust Studies Shelf - August 2017 Edition

The Holocaust Studies Shelf

My Sister's Eyes
Joan Arnay Halperin
JMA Press
PO Box 212, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
www.mysisterseyes.com
9780692844892, $19.95, PB, 94pp, Sousa Mendes Foundation or www.amazon.com

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My Sister's Eyes: A Family Chronicle of Rescue and Loss During World War II" by Joan Arnay Halperin tells the story of the Polish-Jewish Krakowiak family beginning with their prosperous pre-war life in Poland and Belgium, then suffering the Nazi onslaught and their perilous flight to freedom.
Of special note is the reporting of the moral heroism of the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux and then the family's ultimate escape from the holocaust inferno of war and their journey to America.
Profusely illustrated and specifically written for young readers, "My Sister's Eyes" is an impressive testament to the human spirit and with its underlying message of 'Never Forget. Unique, exceptional, informative, emotionally moving, "My Sister's Eyes"' is very highly recommended for family, school and community library Holocaust Studies collections for children. 

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KIND WORDS from Marion Kaplan, Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at NYU - September 2017 @jewishlearning

KIND WORDS from Marion Kaplan, moderator of one of the panels at the JDC Workshop

 “Refugees, Statelessness, Migration, and the Work of the Joint”

- Dear Joan, I can't thank you enough for giving me your book to review. I read it in one sitting, couldn't put it down. It's beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated, and heartbreaking. Truly a story of rescue and loss. 
Thank you very much,
Marion Kaplan,

Marion A Kaplan

Marion A. Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University. 

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JDC Scholars Workshop “Refugees, Statelessness, Migration, and the Work of the Joint” - Sept 10 - 11, 2017 @TheJDC

Professor Diana Cooper-Clark of York University, Toronto, Canada presented an academic paper excerpted from her book,  Dreams of Re-Creation in Jamaica at the JDC Scholars Workshop on “Refugees, Statelessness, Migration and the Work of the Joint”.
Joan spoke about her family's personal experience. 

 Orange Street Cemetery of the Israelite Community of Kingston, Jamaica   

Orange Street Cemetery of the Israelite Community of Kingston, Jamaica

 

 During the "Reunion" of Gibraltar Camp 2 internees and descendants of internees, organized by Prof. Diana Cooper-Clark in November 2016. The group visited the Orange Street Cemetery. This was the first time that a proper  Kaddish  was said over my sister Yvonne's (ZT"L) grave by a  minyan.   Ainsley Henriques (in the checked shirt) and his step-brother David Matalon (not pictured here) are the wonderful persons responsible for arranging for a new stone to be placed on her grave. The original stone had been stolen years before.

During the "Reunion" of Gibraltar Camp 2 internees and descendants of internees, organized by Prof. Diana Cooper-Clark in November 2016. The group visited the Orange Street Cemetery. This was the first time that a proper Kaddish was said over my sister Yvonne's (ZT"L) grave by a minyan. 
Ainsley Henriques (in the checked shirt) and his step-brother David Matalon (not pictured here) are the wonderful persons responsible for arranging for a new stone to be placed on her grave. The original stone had been stolen years before.

Inauguration - Frontier of Peace Museum, Portugal - August 26, 2017 @marcelorebelo_

Inauguration - Frontier of Peace Museum, Portugal - August 26, 2017 @marcelorebelo_

     The Krakowiak and Malafaia families will be featured with this collage of photos at the Vilar Formoso - Frontier of Peace Museum. This former train station is the point where thousands of refugees seeking safe haven flooded into Portugal in 1940.(See map - http://bit.ly/2vd9V9l ).
     Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, will be inaugurating the museum on August 26, 2017.
     Joan will also be placing her sister Yvonne's yarn doll in the showcase (see square right middle). Architect and museum creator Luisa Pacheco Marques told Joan that she could not locate another doll of this period in all of Portugal. This convinced Joan to loan her precious possession to the museum.

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My Sisters Eyes - Out Now!

Hala and Ignas on their honeymoon, Sept. 1935.

It's May of 1935, when Hala, the pampered daughter of a prominent family of Lodz, Poland, receives a phone call from her best friend inviting her to meet an eligible bachelor who resides in Belgium. Ignas has come home to find a bride. Soon after, Hala and Ignas marry.

In My Sister's Eyes, we learn how the grand illusion of their charmed life is catapulted into the harsh reality of World War II. Their ‘exodus’ across half the world following their rescue by the "Angel of Bordeaux", Aristides de Sousa Mendes, and their evacuation to an island 'paradise' leading to personal tragedy, is a Holocaust tale quite unlike any other. 

My Sister's Eyes is available now through:

The Sousa Mendes Foundation and amazon.com. Priced at US$19.95.