Item description for Kaddishel: A Life Reborn by Aharon Golub...
In KADDISHEL---A LIFE REBORN, Bennett Golub assists his father Aharon with documenting his personal history, to both better understand himself and to preserve these experiences for future generations. In doing so, the reader is given a first-hand look at three major historical eras---traditional Jewish life in a small Polish town, the mindless horrors of the Nazis, and the formation of the state of Israel. It is an indication of Aharon's strength that even after witnessing the death of his family members, his resolve is not rage or hatred but rather, the deep conviction that the Jewish people need their own homeland and the power to protect themselves the world over.
Aharon's journey leads eventually to America where he raises his own family and has his own Kaddishel to live on and help him tell his story.
"This book is rich with memories and with history, with the richness of Jewish culture. Reading it is truly a rewarding experience."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2005
Publisher Simcha Media Group (NJ)
ISBN 1932687475 ISBN13 9781932687477
Reviews - What do customers think about Kaddishel: A Life Reborn?
Narrowly surviving the holocaust in the woods of Poland Oct 22, 2005
Kaddishel is a wonderful book that provides 1st person insight into both a less often told side of survival during the holocaust, and the author's experiences in settling of survivors in the budding state of Israel. Many books have been writen about the horrors of the concentration camps, but in Kaddishel, we learn of the different yet equally painful and often fatal challenges that Jews faced in attempting to survive against their enemies in the woods of Poland.
The book follows Aharon Golub's life, from a youth in a happy and comfortable family, through surviving the holocaust by the barest of possible margins, to the founding of the state of Israel, and finally to marrying and establishing a family in America. This book, written by Aharon with support from his son and Kaddishel, Ben, is the amazing story of survival of a man who in most ways is similar to many Americans. It is a story that many of us, our parents or our neighbor's parents may have narrowly avoided, just by the fate of place and date of birth.
Aharon Gobub's story should be read by everyone who has an interest in a compelling, 1st person narration of the most critical events that occurred in Europe and Israel in the middle part of the 20th century. Bravo to Aharon and Bennett Golub for the bravery and effort of retelling and publishing this story for the world to know!
A "Must Read" Oct 16, 2005
A premier storyteller, Golub draws you in with a fascinating tale of everyday life in 1930s Eastern Europe before plunging you over the abyss of German occupation during World War II. You keep telling yourself, "this is non-fiction"; these are someone's memories, not their imagination!
It is difficult to believe that so many people could be so cruel, so evil, so hateful. Human spirit and compassion prevail and the story follows the author through the creation of Israel and beyond. Historical segments fill in the reader's gaps and provide important background.
This is a story of today. It repeats in Rwanda, in the Caucasuses, and in Serbia. The book will impact your life's desires, your imagination, and ultimately your understanding of mankind and the world.
A must read Jun 2, 2005
As a child growing up in the 60's I had the opportunity over the years to know friends and relatives that were holocaust survivors. While as a teenager I couldn't fully appreciate their hardships, it wasn't until Aharon's book "Kaddishel: A Life Reborn" earlier this year that I truly understood, and appreciated the stories, from someone who I've known for many years.
However, as important for me, a middle aged Jew, to undertand his hardship, it's important for the teenagers of today to read and understand.
It's a wonderful and important book for any library.
Brought back memories and stirred the soul May 13, 2005
As someone who grew up with Ben Golub, and knows Aharon Golub personally, I was astonished at the story. While certainly aware of the tip of the iceberg growing up, and knowing that Aharon had an artificial leg, I was completely amazed by the events that Aharon lived through, and how deep the pain was (both literally and figuratively). I found the story especially compelling because it talked about more than the typical concentration camp stories, but shed real light on the plight in Eastern Poland, where some of my own relatives perished. It makes me think about whether they were murdered at the hands of the Germans or others. That is what makes Kaddishel special, is it makes you think without being overly negative all the time. I also found the story about the development of Israel from 1946 through 1954 extraordinary.
A first-hand account of Jewish life in the 20th Century May 9, 2005
In Kaddishel: A Life Reborn, Bennett Golub documents the personal history of his father, Aharon Golub. Bennett's purpose in doing so was to achieve a better understanding of himself and to preserve his father's experiences for the benefit of future generations. In the process, the reader is provided a first-hand account of three major historical aspects of Jewish life in the 20th Century: traditional Jewish life in a Polish town; the horrors of the Nazis occupation and holocaust; and the formation of the state of Israel. Kaddishel: A Life Reborn reveals Aharon's inner strength that even after witnessing the death of his family members, his resolve was not to rage or hate, but rather the formation of a deep conviction that the Jewish people needed their own homeland and the power to protect themselves anywhere in the world if they were to survive anti-Semitism. Aharon's personal journey eventual led him to America where he raised his own family and has his own "Kaddishel" to live on and help him tell his story. Kaddishel is a welcome and recommended contribution to the growing library of holocaust survivor memoirs and biographies.