Afterword: As I walk home from Indigo in mid-town Toronto on a chilly Sunday November, I am overwhelmed with emotion. It is Holocaust Week and author/storyteller Alvin Abram spoke to the bookstore crowd. Only his friendly eyes and easy-going disposition match his mesmerizing voice. Abram’s stories of chance and circumstance deal with the miracles of the Holocaust and child survivors, and his dedication to inform and spread awareness inspires me.
Excerpt from an article: The Past Can Inspire the Future
These are powerful stories and for the most part you have told them well. In a marketplace that is crowded with Holocaust manuscripts, I think yours stands out . . . I was initially dubious about the Holocaust conveyed by means of something fictionalized short narratives, but the result is a powerful manuscript, so how can I argue against the basic premise. This is one of the best Holocaust manuscripts I’ve read.
Manuscript Evaluator, Toronto, Canada
I found the two stories that I read to be emotionally disturbing . . . graphic detail left little to the imagination. As you pointed out, one story has been video taped and in all probability your summary has more detail because of the time spent acquiring the information. When reading your version, it has a tendency to have a different impact than when hearing the person relating their experiences.
Janet Klein Slavin
The Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Toronto, Canada
Before hunger, deprivation, terror and torture, there was another part of life – life filled with meaning, spirituality, dignity, resistance and struggle, that even in the blackest moment in the history of the Jewish people, the enemy could neither vanquish nor destroy. That is the message of this powerful, moving book, a message we must never forget.
Professor Irving Abella
Co-author of None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948
with Harold Troper