Catalogue


Mendel's daughter /
Gusta Lemelman, Martin Lemelman.
imprint
New York : Free Press, c2006.
description
217 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
ISBN
074329162X, 9780743291620
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imprint
New York : Free Press, c2006.
isbn
074329162X
9780743291620
catalogue key
6136557
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-08-07:
In what is clearly a labor of love, artist Lemelman has created a "memoir" told in the voice of his mother, Gusta, a survivor of the Holocaust. With the characteristic phrasing of one who comes to English later in life, Gusta's is a gritty eyewitness report on the great upheaval of eastern Europe in the 1930s and '40s, based on Lemelman's recording of his mother in 1989; at the harshest moments, the reader can take a small bit of comfort that Gusta survived to live a long life in the U.S.A. Her tale begins with her childhood in the town of Germakivka, Poland (in the current-day Ukraine), and kicks into high gear when the Nazis bring war into her village, destroying an entire way of living. Her voice rolls on inexorably, a stark account of human weakness and fear, tragic missteps with fatal consequences, and unimaginable hardships as she survives for two years with two brothers in a hole in the ground. Lemelman's subdued art gives the story its heart; with a combination of charcoal drawings and photographs, he creates a sense both of an almost mythical time gone by and the very real lives that were snuffed out. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Prologue
Child of Modern South Africa
Praise Poem to God
A Sense of Worth
Obvious Gifts of Leadership
A Breath of Fresh Air
Campus Parents
Transformation
Bloody Confrontation
The Jazz Conductor
A Fire Burning in My Breast
Our Brothers and Sisters
The Headmaster
Interim Leader
Roller-Coaster Ride
A Proper Confrontation
International Icon
Epilogue
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
Photo Credits
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