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We all know and have experienced those times when kids say or ask the darndest things. Erik LeMoullec takes this opportunity to explain the life of his grandfather Teddy Znamirowski to his children after Hayden asks “Why does Saba talk like that?” This single question draws Erik back into time when he too had asked his grandfather the same question.
A very well written accounting of the life of Teddy Znamirowski touching on the horrors of the Holocaust and struggles of him and his family in the Lodz ghetto and then into Auschwitz and Görlitz concentration camps. The interactions between Teddy’s family and friends before, during and after brought deep insight into the importance of family and belonging. LeMoullec has done an excellent job of relaying the horrors his grandfather faced but overcame becoming a legendary hero through his talent of smuggling and aiding others to escape the never ending terror. LeMoullec explains how Saba survived and continued to preserve through the worst horror anyone can imagine by stressing the importance of family and home.
“As long as the families had each other, they could make it through. Teddy had believed the same when he still had his own family, until the Nazis took them from him. Seeing it again brought back his hope.”
A very moving and heart-rending tale of one’s family and roots that demonstrate that one can survive most anything if one has love and family. After reading this book, I jumped into writing this review. I do not feel I can do justice to this book even three days after finishing it.
LeMoullec’s telling of his Saba’s life brings the readers to connect with Saba rather than dwelling on the horrors the Nazis performed. Yes, LeMoullec touches on some of it but his focus is centered on his Saba and demonstrating that this wonderful boy/man never surrendered and never lost who he was even during the worst of times.
Many of us would question our ability to survive mere minutes but LeMoullec and his daughter share of moment of closeness: “I’m doing ok,” she replied. “I don’t know if I’d be able to make it through all that if I was there.” “You’d do the best you could… I’m sure you’d be ok. You’re strong and smart …”
This is a book that will stay with you long after you have put it down. It is a book that needs to be shared. LeMoullec’s style is fresh and riveting, his ability to put the words down that draws the readers into the story and makes their heart beat faster is affecting. LeMoullec has written a wonderful testimony to a heroic man and a wonderful passing on of his legacy.
Remember Your Name by Erik LeMoullec receives a 5+ star review from WordsAPlenty.
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