Foreword, Praise & Reviews
Dr. Mordecai Paldiel, Adjunct Professor, Modern Jewish History, Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Tuoro College, a leading world authority on the Righteous Diplomats, and former Director of the Righteous Among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem:
“My Sister’s Eyes is a vigilant call to others not to forget the Nazi period that occurred in civilized Europe…It is also a salute to Aristides de Sousa Mendes who made it possible for [the Author’s] family to flee the danger zone…"
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute, Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University, co-founder of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.:
“My Sister’s Eyes is a charming work written with precision and passion…It tells the story of the Krakowiak family from their prosperous life in Poland and Belgium through the Nazi onslaught and their perilous flight to freedom. The story unfolds so graciously that one does not quite realize its power as we experience the world before in its elegance, the descent into hell, the struggle to find a way out of Europe, the moral heroism of the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux and then their escape from the inferno and their journey to a new world and a new life. And just as they are about to reach safety, they experience a tragedy – and later freedom and stability, birth and rebirth. The brevity of the work intensifies the depth of the journey, the words that are written and what cannot be written.”
Dr. Marcia Sachs Littell, Professor Emeritus, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Stockton University:
“This book is beautiful and well written. The photos, letters and family timeline are excellent, serving to immediately engage the reader. Depending on the ability of the individual student, it could be a good source for middle school, and equally excellent for high school, college level and teachers alike. This true story of one individual family provides the teacher an opportunity to present the historic background of this bleak period of history. It is a lesson from the past, a confrontation with the present, as well as a message for the future.”
A Jewish Book Council Review by Marge Kaplan:
“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 dating from before 1939 and up until 1997.
In addition to the text and the photographs, there are letters from the 1942 Jamaican evacuee camp … as well as letters from family in the Polish ghetto…This collection of family 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.” (Full review at: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/my-sisters-eyes-a-family-chronicle-of-rescue-and-loss-during-world-war-ii