Monday, September 22, 2014
Review: Christian By Disguise by:Erna Kamerman Perry
About the Book:
For nearly all of the sixty-odd years since the end of World War II, I hardly mentioned the Holocaust or my experiences in it.
And yet, this period covered the first ten years of my life and has had a dramatic and traumatic effect on me. Life kept me busy and I buried the memory of that time fairly deep. My mother, my uncle, friends and acquaintances familiar with my past—or those who shared in it—occasionally would remark on an episode. For the most part, however, we were mute on the subject. Neither my husband nor my children knew much about it, just a single event mentioned in passing and made to sound irrelevant.
But years have passed and those who have experienced the Holocaust are disappearing. Death is no longer something far on the horizon but a frequent visitor to many around me. And so, it seems that I must take the chance of telling my story, a story that was a part of the horror my people experienced.
I have no illusions that another thread in the weave of the narratives about the Holocaust will make any difference: the deniers of it will keep denying, the haters will keep hating, genocides will keep occurring. I only want my children, my (few) relatives, my friends, and those readers interested in the historical horrors of the twentieth century to know that once there was a little girl who, through no fault of her own, had to lie and pretend so she could live to see another day.
What are you to do when you find yourself in a war torn country, that has targeted a specific group mostly based on religion affiliation? What are you to do when your life and the lives of your loved ones are in danger? You do exactly what the author's mother did, she tried as quickly and as quietly as possible to flee the country to avoid a cruel death to her and her child. The story of the author is being told from a different perspective of a Holocaust survivor. One where she and her family had to lie and hold on to secrets to keep them from a pending doom met by many.
As painful as it was for the author to tell her story, I think it was an important one to tell.Erna's mother was a determined mother fighting for her life and the life of her daughter in a place that was sure to win out. While the evil began to swirl around them, they were able to live in a convent until the worst of it was over. God's provision kept them safe until the world around them calmed down and was a safer place to rest once again.
If you would like to learn more about the book, you can at this link.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bostick Communications.