Part I     Beginnings

Prologue : Tuesdays with Leah ………………………………………..3

Chapter 1: My Earliest Memories ……………………………………..11

Chapter 2: Pre-War Czechoslovakia: My Precious Village …….15

Chapter 3: Cinderella in Brustury ……………………………………..33

Chapter 4: School Was An Escape ……………………………………..41

Chapter 5: Sneaking Away Forever …………………………………….49

Chapter 6: A Wig To Cover The Hair ………………………………….55

Chapter 7: In The Big City …………………………………………………65

Chapter 8: On My Own …………………………………………………….73

 

Part II  Ghettos & Camps

Chapter 9: “For The Good of The Nation” …………………………..81

Chapter 10: Train To Hell …………………………………………………87

Chapter 11: Twelve Hundred Naked Women ………………………95

Chapter 12: A Heavy Price To Pay …………………………………….107

Chapter 13: Never Be At The Back Of The Line …………………..113

 

Part III  A New Life

Chapter 14: Toward Freedom ……………………………………………123

Chapter 15: Escaping To Israel …………………………………………..135

Chapter 16: From The Alps To The Opera ……………………………141

Chapter 17: For Love Of Zion ……………………………………………..149

Chapter 18: The Scholar’s Wife …………………………………………..163

Chapter 19: Israel’s War Of Independence …………………………….167

Chapter 20: An Immigrant Again …………………………………………175

Chapter 21: Reunion with Mrs. Shonfeld ……………………………….185

Chapter 22: Healing Family Bitterness ………………………………….187

 

Part IV  Perpetuation

Chapter 23: I Have Spoken ……………………………………………………195

Chapter 24: My Eyes Looking Back At Me ………………………………201

Chapter 25: Healing ……………………………………………………………..205

Chapter 26: Activism ……………………………………………………………209

Chapter 27: Salve On An Open Wound …………………………………..221

Chapter 28: Moving On With Strength …………………………………..227

 

APPENDICES

Life Map …………………………………………………………………………….232

Life Timeline …………………………………………………………………………233

Reading Group Guide …………………………………………………………….235

Mendel Chaim Cik footnote …………………………………………………….237

Love Letters …………………………………………………………………………239

      

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