Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sheva's Promise

By Sylvia Lederman

Summary courtesy of

In this gripping memoir, Lederman tells her story of survival during one of the most horrific episodes in history.

Beginning with Lederman as a young girl in Poland in 1941, Sheva’s Promise traces her experience in a Nazi ghetto with her mother and sister. Resolved that she must avoid the detention camp to help her family, Lederman obtains a false birth certificate and escapes the ghetto.

Through the courage and humanity of a few individuals, she finds work in a hospital in Germany under an assumed identity. With fierce determination and resourcefulness, Lederman manages to elude Nazi capture and eventually immigrates to the United States with her husband.

Sheva’s Promise is not only an invaluable piece of historical record but also the work of a gifted writer whose keen eye for detail and skillful attention to language gives readers an unforgettable story.

Sheva has courage and an inner strength and fortitude that provided her with the necessary skills to survive the genocide of Jews during world war two.

Shevas lives in Rohatyn a town,which is captured by Germans troops. Her family is forced to live in a Jewish ghetto, where they are deprived of the necessity's of life, such as food, heating, and freedom.

Word reaches the ghetto, of the Jewish genocide taking place within the German concentration camps, Sheva knows that to survive she must leave Rohatyn and makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her family behind, when they refuse to leave.

Sheva leaves Rohatyn with false identification papers given to her by a christian Polish woman. Now she must be vigilant, because if shes caught with them she'll be shot.

Her new Christian identification papers are all that stand between her survival and death. She falls very seriously ill twice. Later she finds work, but danger is never far away. Sheva's promise to her family to stay alive is her motivation to survive.

This was an epic story of survival, and I highly recommend it


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