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  1. Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child's Survival in the Partisans
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  2. Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child's Survival in the Partisans

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As if to rescue the integrity of the history of the Holocaust, a wave of survivor memoirs, many literate and engaging, have appeared over the last ten years. They announce that the logical and important places to begin to examine that history are eye witnesses. Miriam Brysk’s chronicle is among the more exceptional of these works. It reflects her own life: highly accomplished, intelligent, detailed and thoughtful. At age seven, Miriam, her mother Bronka and father, Chaim Miasnik, a renowned surgeon, escaped the Lida ghetto and joined Jewish partisans in the Lipiczany Forest. Before the end of the war, Miriam estimates that her father had saved hundreds of lives and helped build and supervise a partisan hospital in the swamps of the forest. Constantly hunted by German soldiers, she experienced childhood terror that has remained with her. She lost her innocence, her childhood, her youth as she clung to her mother and her prized possession, a pistol. Her head was shaved so she would look like a boy. Her memory of the details of that time—both in the Lida ghetto and in the forest—remains remarkably sharp and distinguishes this memoir from many others. —Sidney Bolkosky, William E. Stirton Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of History, University of Michigan-Dearborn

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Miriam Brysk
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For those who grew up in the U.S. after the 1950s or '60s the history of WW II is in the past, and filled with huge numbers of victims of Nazi onslaught, particularly the number of people killed, or imprisoned. Little is remembered about those who valiantly fought, and survived. Here is a book which describes the lives of people who endured this terrible time, not only by banding together, but as individuals whose daily lives are a testament to the human spirit.
In the author's life we see the utmost example of the human spirit, demonstrated from terrifying childhood to fully realized adult.
This book is so compelling that it is hard to put down once you start reading.
In today's world it is imperative to realize the realities of war and recognize it not only in political terms, but what it does in personal terms to the lives of ordinary people, and how important it is to do all we can to prevent it.
A great book! Heartbreaking! Different than most. The hardships are unbelievable! It is by God's grace that anyone survived and once they are finally liberated, there are hardships anew! The lost family and joyful memories now turned to sorrow is unbearably difficult for survivors. This survivor explains well her pain during and after the war. Through the eyes of a child. It is powerful!
I believe I have read the majority of the Holocaust survivor's memoirs. This one differs, as it is told through the young eyes of a girl who survived by being a part of the partisans living and fighting in the forests. It was rare for a child to be allowed among such a group. She passed as a boy, had her own pistol at age eight. She and her parents survived by this means.
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