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Astounding story of survival during WW2. This family’s strength and courage is a tribute to the human spirit.
Watching friends and neighbors arrested for the simple crime of being Jewish, a young couple in Belgium face impossible decisions during WW2. Should they send their two-year-old son into hiding without them? Would that save his life? And what about their newborn daughter?
In this moving family memoir, the author, the daughter of that little boy, recounts the astounding courage that led to her family's survival during the Holocaust. In spite of numerous near-misses, the family not only made it through the war, but were reunited when the Nazis were defeated.
But there was a cost. And maybe it was etched into their very genes.
The Offner-Bottner Family Tree xix
A Wedding 37
German Occupation 47
The Anti-Jewish Laws 59
Andree Geulen and the Resistance 69
Belgium and Holland 91
In Hiding 129
Back in Lvov 137
Genek’s Luck runs out 145
The Tide Turns 157
After Liberation 175
Nathan’s Freedom 189
Reflections on a Calamity 207
Descendants of Leopold and Gertrude Offner 239
Sources and Further Reading 241
Further Holocaust Memoirs 251
I am a physician, writer, and mom. I am also the child and grandchild of Holocaust survivors. I have been fascinated for years about the legacy I carry. It is a heavy one. In my new book I explore the science of epigenetics, the idea that traumatic life events change one's genes, and that these altered genes may be passed along to subsequent generations (such as myself).
In the book I recount the way my grandparents managed to save both themselves and their young children in the darkest days of European history. The book is an homage to my dad, a child survivor who was a 'hidden child', sequestered in a Belgian convent for 21/2 years when he was only a toddler.
This is a story, beautifully and sensitively told, that is deeply personal and profoundly universal. 'Among the Reeds' sheds light on the tragic past, helps us appreciate the present and inspires a more hopeful future. - Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD., author of Happier.
The Holocaust destroyed the lives of millions of Jews. In this gentle memoir, Tammy Bottner rescues several of those lives from oblivion by telling their story. - Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.