Love in a World of Sorrow
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A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs
by Fanya Gottesfeld Heller
During World War II, the author and her family were hidden from the Nazis by a non-Jewish couple and a sympathetic Ukrainian militiaman at the risk of their own lives. Their developing relationship and the harrowing events that followed lend the book an immediacy and jolt so many years later. Heller's subtle depiction of her parents' knowledge that it was a non-Jew's love for their daughter that had moved him to hide them; their embarrassment and ultimate acceptance of the situation, leads us to wonder how we would have acted under the same circumstances.
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller was born into a traditional middle-class Jewish family in a small Ukrainian village in 1924. Heller has made it her life's work to teach the lessons she learned about the victory of life over death and to share her message of hope with others around the world.