Reviews - What do customers think about Crystal Fragments?
Memory and Memorial Jul 10, 2008
Betsy Ramsay has very gracefully integrated her two primary sources - the grandfather's record of the tragic fate of the Jewish Altersheim he founded and the father's journal of his trip to Nazi Germany - and made the material vividly and concretely available to the general reader. Her own introduction and poems frame and enrich the material. The photograph on the dust cover of the Altersheim and others within the text - what a boon that they survived - enhance the account too.
a very moving memoir May 30, 2008
A moving personal account of a German Jewish teacher and rabbi in the time of the rise of the Hitler regime. On Kristallnacht, fire destroyed a home for Jewish elderly which he had established in 1914, a home backed by fellow Germans who greatly respected him. The book describes the creeping up of Nazi Fascism in Germany and how teacher Leo Waldbott eventually became one of its victims. Nonetheless, in all he went through he never spoke an unkind word about the German people. In the end he was enabled to depart from his beloved fatherland but empty-handed and bereft of all he had achieved.