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Rena’s Promise

Rena's Promise by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam
Mar 17, 2015 | 320 Pages
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Rena’s Promise is written with simplicity and grace. . . . The overwhelming feeling upon finishing is one of triumph: It is still possible to find selflessness and human connection among people living in a place of relentless horror.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A poignant and important act of remembrance.” —Sir Martin Gilbert, author of The Holocaust: The Human Tragedy

“An extraordinary book, vividly written and generously told. You will not easily forget Rena Kornreich and her sister Danka. Nor should you. Harrowing as it often is, this is less a tragedy than a love story. By turns soul-wrenching, inspiring, and heartbreaking, this is a tale that should live long beyond the wonderful woman who inspired it.” —Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

“Through her actions during and after the Shoah, Rena Kornreich Gelissen ensured that out of the darkest night, the light of the survivors and their memory remained. Faced with destruction, she and the Jewish people survived.” —Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rena’s Promise went with us on the Zen Peacemakers’ first pilgrimage to Auschwitz in 1996. On our first night together, one of our monks shared a simple message of love from Rena to us. Her message changed our lives.” —Peter Matthiessen, author of In Paradise
“One of the most accurate accounts, and the only account of the first women’s camp in Auschwitz. This is a book historians will refer to for years to come.” —Irena Strezlecka, director, Auschwitz Museum of Women, Oswiecim, Poland

Table Of Contents


Preface to the Expanded Edition xi
Prologue xix
Chapter One Rena 1
Chapter Two Tylicz 8
Chapter Three Slovakia 32
Chapter Four Auschwitz 53
Chapter Five Birkenau (Auschwitz II) 91
Chapter Six Stabsgebaude (Staff quarters) 183
Chapter Seven Neustadt Glewe 234
Epilogue 244
Acknowledgements 256
Bibliography 259
Study Guide 261

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