We Survived ... At Last I Speak

We Survived ... At Last I Speak

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This is Leon Malmeda€™s true story of his and his sister Rachela€™s escape from the Holocaust in Occupied France. When their father and mother were arrested in 1942, their courageous and heroic French neighbors volunteered to watch their children until they returned. Leona€™s parents were taken first to Drancy, then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and they never returned. Meanwhile their downstairs neighbors, Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, gave the children a home and family and sheltered them through subsequent roundups, threats, air raids, and the wara€™s privations. The courage, sympathy, and dedication of the Ribouleaus and others stand in strong contrast to the collaborations and moral weakness of many of the French authorities. Leon and Rachel each came to America after the war, but always kept their strongest ties to a€œPapa Henri and Maman Suzanne, a€ who were honored as a€œRighteous Among the Nationsa€ by Yad Vashem in 1977. Leon bares his soul in this narrative of love and courage, set against a backdrop of tragedy, fear, injustice, prejudice, and the greatest moral outrage of the modern era. It is a story of goodness triumphing once more over evil.I built and destroyed many kites on their maiden flights. I would fly them ... They loved to make fun of us boys when they saw us red-faced and sweaty with our bicycle rims or our broken kites. ... Mrs Renouard was a dental assistant. She was anbsp;...

Title:We Survived ... At Last I Speak
Author:Leon Malmed
Publisher:Lulu.com - 2013


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