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08 January 2010

We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story ~ A book review from Sighet, Romania

Naomi Litvin:American Writer
Johnny Popescu
Sighet-Online Romania


"...I like jazz and classical music and your book is built up as a jam session; with voices singing around a theme, adding something of their own personality, flooding memories;and then withdraw to give room to another voice who pick up the thread and goes on... it's an entirely new approach of writing. I don't like comparing but if needed, I'd say We Never Lost Hope is somewhere between Virginia Wolf's Waves and Dokotorow's Ragtime. You have that rare quality to taking the reader and simply walk him through the events, with no pathetism. I felt like you being here, in Sighet and Satu Mare and we walked along the streets and you talk to me... By the way, in Sighet there are Festingers still living. Relatives of yours? If you don't mind, I presented your book at the radio I work at..."

Johnny Popescu is a Romanian journalist  involved in writing and recovering Sighet's pre-war Jewish community. He is working on a documented history covering seven hundred years of Jewish history and culture in Romania.