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The Testimony [Formato Kindle]

Halina Wagowska

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Adopted mother Frieda keeps telling the young Halina that if they survive the Nazi death camps they shall have to testify until they die, but My Testimony is also a record of Halina’s experiences after the camps – including her arrival in Australia after the war where, as a young woman, she worked with charwomen at Collins Street doctors’ surgeries before pursuing a career in pathology at the Alfred Hospital. Described by the author as her last testimony ‘before she drops off the twig’, this carefully crafted work is no straightforward autobiography but one in which the people and places Halina has known take centre stage. The short stories within these pages offer jewels of wisdom from a woman who has lived a truly full – richly rewarding as well as horrifically harrowing – life. Eighty-one-year-old human rights activist Halina Wagowska survived Auschwitz and Stutthof concentration camps in her early teens before immigrating to Australia. Over the years she has frequently testified to the consequences of prejudice she witnessed: she has provided material for Thomas Keneally’s book on Schindler; and for Spielberg’s Shoah institute, via the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne; as well as presented at international psychology conferences as a child survivor.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 266 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 208
  • Editore: Hardie Grant Grp (3 gennaio 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B007ER2OM4
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4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Humanity Speaks 15 aprile 2012
Di TeArche - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
"Imagine telling a story to a friend" is the advice that Halina followed in penning The Testimony. This is a beautiful book about love and resilience and humanity. Halina Wagowska - now in her early 80's, has written a wonderful account of her life as a Jewish woman who survived the holocaust and as a human being who survived great change and the loss and grief that comes with starting a new life in a new country. In this case Australia. I'm not going to critique this book in any great length except to say that it shines like a jewel on a dark beach, radiating great beauty and feeling. Halina moved beyond her Jewishness to strike a common chord in all of us. Despite great adversity, she sees only good and gratitude. If I could tell a story like this in my 80's and still love life so much, I would feel as if I had lived a truly fulfilled and content life. Thank you Halina ! Will you tell us some more stories ?
5.0 su 5 stelle The life of an amazingly brave and strong woman 22 marzo 2014
Di Mr. Peter Duncan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Those of us not living through the Holocaust need to read this incredible book and never let it happen again.
4.0 su 5 stelle A different perspective.… 6 giugno 2013
Di Aiman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
Halina starts this book saying she is not an author and wrote this book after reading a couple of books on how to write a book! Also, taking the advice of a friend to write her stories as if she was telling them to a friend. Well, you would never guess! I thought it was very well written, easy to follow and offered a good insight into the effects of the holocaust long after the war; a very interesting read since most others focus on the war itself!
Lots of food for thought.
5.0 su 5 stelle A matter of fact account of the atrocities of WW2 10 maggio 2013
Di Patricia Quinn - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle|Acquisto verificato
The 'matter of factness' of this account makes it all the more disturbing. Halina bared witness to the atrocities as she was tasked to do in a unforgettable way. A 'must read'!
4.0 su 5 stelle Inspirational story about survival and reclaiming your life 11 settembre 2012
Di Amelia68 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
"The Testimony" was generously supplied to me by the publisher, and it had been on my to-read list for some time due to my interest in books about WW2. Halina Wagowska's autobiographical story is as inspiring as it is shocking and sobering. Having survived unspeakable horrors at the hands of the German Nazi regime, she has been able to not only reclaim her life, but also to stand up for other oppressed groups in society, such as our indigenous people and the refugees landing on our shores.

The author's account of the atrocities committed in German concentration camps is factual and almost detached - which makes it even more chilling. Having read many such accounts I was no stranger to some of the facts recounted in this book, but it is impossible not to be touched and repulsed by the actions of people against fellow human beings. And despite the unspeakable horrors she has endured as a young girl, Wagowska still manages to be baffled by the hatred she has had to face, rather than submitting to hating her tormentors. In fact, she tells of a moment when she is so overcome by hatred that she fantasizes about killing German officers - and how her mother reacts to this with shock and horror.

"I could not see why Mother got so upset. Later I heard her say, to a woman who kept talking about the damage to property, that the greatest damage was being done to the minds of children - would they ever be normal if they survived? I must have been on the verge of insanity then. But in Frieda, as in Mother and Goldie, neither regression nor brutalisation was evident."

Maybe it is due to her parent's inherent belief in the goodness in people imprinted in the author's own heart which has allowed her to move past the unspeakable suffering, and feel love instead of hate. Wagowska states in the beginning of the book, that "bridge-building across the human divide" is the recurrent theme in her story. Focusing on the positive acts of human kindness which in the end ensured her survival, as well as her love for her new country Australia, the book becomes an inspiring account of triumph over adversity. I felt grateful to the author for sharing her amazing story, which in me renewed the faith in possibility of the survival of love and joy against all odds. If forgiveness has been possible for this person, who has seen hell and has come out of it with a loving heart, then we must also try to find the human core within ourselves and build bridges to our fellow human beings rather than condemn them for their differences.

A book well worth reading - it will shock and inspire you and make sure that history is not forgotten and that its lessons are passed on to future generations.

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