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During the years after the war while he half heartedly began the process of repairing his life, Herman questioned returned prisoners of the concentration camp in an effort to hear news of his daughter and got none. Herman still refused to have his daughter declared dead.
In the author's desperate attempt to find her biological sister, Walk Forward reads like a long letter to her. She spoke to her of her family, their love for her, their travels, and lineage, while never letting go of the hope that Eugenia was alive. You learn of the carnage and the suffering of World War 2 survivors from this author's personal vantage point built with bits and pieces told to her by her father, and other family members.
The story takes you on the impossible odyssey yet gives a detailed account of the events of one of the most horrific wars in history, from the cattle trains loaded with dying human beings to the death chambers where the terrified, bewildered victims met their dark destinies.
Rosa Raskin leaves no clue unexamined regarding her oldest sisters whereabouts in her intense research where she reports everything, including exact dates of events of the Holocaust in motion - right down to the tattooed numbers on the arms of some of the survivors.
Raskin illuminates the reports of a hell by design, choreographed by a mad man, in striking detail. She seems to be talking with Eugenia over tea about her father's beginnings while paying testimony to her father's love for his first born, and she does it well. She speaks to the reign of Hitler and how this family of devoted Jews intended to migrate to Israel and while the notion may have saved them, they in turn could not conceive of the horrors that followed their delayed plans until it was too late.
This true story has a way of keeping your attention on one of the millions of families separated from their dreams by Hitler's insanity... You get to know these people and care for them, most especially Herman, the man who survived the worst imaginable while never letting go of his belief that his nine year old daughter Eugenia did too.
Herman did survive but the question remains in the center of his daughter Rosa's book; Did he ever really heal? His daughter Rosie endured her father's legacy and his nightmare when she gave it a voice in her beautiful love letter to her missing sister.
I learned many things reading the heartbreaking story of Rosa's family. I have studied history and World War II in particular, but a lot of this I had never heard before. The formation of the ghettos and the selection process for the concentration camps was fascinating. How some survived as seen through the eyes of those who knew them is priceless. I also had never really seen exactly how the immigration process through Ellis Island worked. Hearing about the Holocaust through the memories of a survivor and the next generation is priceless. Many stories were not preserved in this way.
This book does repeat itself and does sometimes jump around. That does not detract from the importance of the story, though. I enjoyed it and learned a lot. If you're looking for a polished, cookie cutter story, you will be disappointed. If you're looking for the truth, read this book.
I hope Rosa learns what happened to her sister.