Tamara Olaniyan Book Review: We Never Lost Hope: A Holocaust Memoir and Love Story

I consider myself to be somewhat of a mild history buff, always on the lookout for a good read. I’m always looking for ways to understand and get a better 'over'standing of the issues that affected mankind throughout the years. I purchased your book solely to get more knowledge about what happened during the Jewish Holocaust. What I read, in turn was a beautifully woven story of love between two people in the midst of one of the most horrific human events in world history. I’ve seen and read about the Holocaust, seen pictures, and even attended lectures and listened to survivors of the Holocaust speak about their lives in concentration camps. We Never Lost Hope was a reading that gave me the opportunity to make this dark period more 'real' to me by the narratives given by the family members of their lives before, during, and after the Holocaust. Each family member was able to give his/her story about their lives in a version that is seldom seen in history books. I felt like I was at a lecture given by a survivor but this time, it was on paper. The difference being I have not only the memories etched into my mind but now the written word that I can reread and take with me. I cried reading the book, never imagining a story that I read about so many times would become so real to me. The narratives of your family make it personal because it is a horrible reminder how under the worst conditions genocide can destroy us but a testament on the strength of the human will for the most basic things: survival and love. My son is nine now and I plan to pass this book to him on his 12th birthday. Thanks for writing such a beautiful book.
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EXCLUSIVE SHOCKER: anti-Jewish email from South African racist published here

Spring cleaning of my Outlook mail has produced an extreme piece of nauseating racist and anti-Semitic garbage. So much so, that I let this trail of emails languish in the box since December 2009, not knowing what to do with it. Now, I have decided that it needs to be seen.

The fellow that is behind this crud is Jan Lambrecht, from Johannesburg, South Africa, with correspondence with his cronies. He wants to put the "Jewish issue to bed" and says "the Jewish question is an ongoing and never-ending complete nuisance..." He starts out praising certain things about Jews, but you'll see further into it, his rant includes, "...clever, rich, argumentative, difficult, and understands why the Germans became angry with the Jews." In the end, he states his belief that all Jews should be 'relocated' to Israel.

I am not pretending to know a thing about South African affairs and politics. All I know is what I read, and how I feel after I read it. So go ahead and read this, and please comment back on how you feel. And then get the sage out, because you will need a good smudging after you read it.