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Two Rings: A Story of Love and War

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  800 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Judged only as a World War Two survivor’s chronicle, Millie Werber’s story would be remarkable enough. Born in central Poland in the town of Radom, she found herself trapped in the ghetto at the age of fourteen, a slave laborer in an armaments factory in the summer of 1942, transported to Auschwitz in the summer of 1944, before being marched to a second armaments factory. ...more
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Published March 27th 2012 by PublicAffairs (first published March 1st 2012)
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Jun 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war, holocaust
When reviewing Holocaust memoirs, I automatically tend to rate them highly for a number of reasons. For one, I admire the amount of courage it takes for a victim to come forward with the truth, often after decades of painful silence, and secondly, for the valuable primary source material these stories provide. And although the reader understands from the outset that the protagonists of these memoirs will survive the Holocaust, I always find them difficult to put down, possibly because most of th ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very beautifully written story about a woman who survives World War II as a 17-year-old Jew. It spans her entire life. I'm always fascinated with experiences dealing with World War II and this is another one that tells of the horrors endured and how one survivor made it through and found love.
Michelle Doerr
I have always been interested in World War II, the holocaust in particular. I think it is an important part of history that everyone should be familiar with so we are sure not to let history repeat itself. That being said, this is my favorite source of information about the holocaust yet. I even liked it better than the holocaust museum! "Two Rings: A Story of Love and War" is a memoir about Millie Weber written by both Millie and her trusted companion Eve Keller. The intended audience is both i ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Jillyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, romantics, nonfiction readers
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Two Rings: A Story of Love and war is a vivid and haunting memoir of love and survival during the Holocaust. The story follows that of Millie Werber, as she starts off in a small ghetto before being ushered to work in a factory. It is there where she meets her first love, Heniek. Unfortunately, it is also there where her love is taken away, ripped apart as Jews are forced into concentration camps. Mrs. Werber tells the tale of how she time and a
Wow! What an amazing story. This is a book meant to be read in one sitting. I felt Millie was in the room with me, sharing her story and I hung onto every single word. I felt the truth and honesty coming from this woman who endured so much and survived when so many did not. I am grateful for her bravery; reliving her youth in order to bring this story to print must have been extremely difficult.

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Apr 19, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
A heartbreaking but inspiring story of a woman who, as a young girl and teenager, survived Auschwitz, and, up until now, had kept her first marriage a secret. I can't say I'm ever happy to read these Holocaust stories, but I do love to because I'm always amazed at these people, what they went through, lessons they learned, and how they accepted these experiences as part of themselves/their lives and tried to move forward afterwards. A testament to the amazing resilience of the human spirit! A fe ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like hearing your grandmother tell you a story, though this one is a difficult story to hear. Told in a conversational tone, this is the story of Millie Werber as told to Eve Keller, who wrote the book. Millie had kept to herself what happened to her and her husband Heniek, a Jewish policeman in a wartime ghetto in Poland, throughout the years, not even telling it to her two grown children. What happened to her, and the thousands of Jewish people like her, is something no one should ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Mar 15, 2012 Kim Heimbuch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This heartfelt story takes you on the personal journey of a young and innocent Jewish girl, Millie Werber, as she steps from childhood to adult overnight in the midst and turmoil of World War II. Author Eve Keller gives readers a first hand perspective of what it was like to be a Jew under the German regime. From 12 hour days of factory work to Auschwitz, Millie shares with readers her own horrors of watching her friends and families torn apart, starved, beaten, and even murdered.

Even in all of

Apr 21, 2012 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read many Holocaust books, some incredible, some not so much. I didn't love this book. It's well written and the experiences of the author are horrifying as in every Holocaust event that has ever been recorded. What I found sad was that it seems the author seemed to remain bitter and angry and revengeful throughout her life.

Obviously I have nothing in my life to compare to the devastation of loosing everything, your family members, your home, your sense of security - everything your knew a
I received this as a first read giveaway.

This is the story of a Holocaust survivor. She was separated from her family at 14 and worked in a factory while her family lived in a Jewish ghetto. She married a man and he was later killed. She spent time in a concentration camp and then in another factory as part of slave labor. She describes her experiences the best she can and I appreciate it when she simply writes that she can't remember what happened. She describes the utter brutality and deprava
Dec 20, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII buffs, survival fans, love story
I have been interested in the history of WWII for some time, particularly by the Holocaust. I don't know where the interest began. It has nothing to do with my family. My dad was an infant & my mother not even born. As far as I know no one in my family fought it the war. I think more than anything it is the horror of the situation & that people were able to survive despite the atrocities they faced. Ones I can not even begin to imagine.
This memoir tells the story of Millie Werber & h
Aug 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Rings is the story of an Auschwitz survivor and the loves she found amid the war and afterwards. I feel like so often these stories are presented alongside the victim's path to peace and forgiveness. Millie certainly found peace and happiness in her life after the war, but she was also still really angry about many things that happened, most particularly the love that she lost. Owning the anger she felt even so many years later made this account feel honest and undiluted. I was impressed by ...more
Sep 20, 2016 Usha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading WW 2 memoirs. This book is a moving and inspiring life story of the holocaust survivor Millie Werber. Born in Poland, her growing experiences through the ghetto, being a slave laborer in an armaments factory, later promoted to work in the kitchen through the kindness of a jewish policeman, then transported to Auschwitz, and later taken through two marches both of which very harsh, she faces death many times very close. Amidst all of this, she finds kindness and love among a few pe ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best holocaust books I have ever read. I could not put it down. It was beautifully written, I did not want to skip one word. How brave of Millie to write this very honest story of her life- how important to have her family understand what she had endured in the early years. I have studied and read much about the holocaust but there was something different about this book.This was truly a special book and I hope many people get a chance to read it. And count our own blessings.
Jan 14, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story that Millie Werber recounts of her days as a young girl/lady growing up and surviving during the most unimaginable horrors of the holocaust is unbelievable. Like many, I have heard stories told of things done but to "hear" it told in this way makes it even more real and tragic. With as priviledged as we are to be living in this time and in this country, I wonder if any of us would be able to survive the hardships that she endured.
Jun 16, 2012 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The writing is just "okay," probably bc the author is transcribing her notes from conversations. I've read 'better' Holocaust memoirs (referring to the writing). It's not a particularly compelling love story (no Bridges of Madison County here). It's a tale of survival, of luck, and of the little miracles that kept her alive during the horror of WWII. you'll read this in a day, btw.
Aug 10, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this book. Didn't want it to end. Another tale from the Holocaust but different from others I've read.
Aug 18, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in one day - which I never do. Great book. Sad, obviously, but good.
Apr 12, 2015 Judith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ciao Insaziabili,
oggi 27 gennaio 2015, Giornata della Memoria, vi parlerò della vita di Millie Werber raccontata nel bellissimo e commovente libro “La sposa di Auschwitz”.
È stata una lettura intensa, commovente, delicata e forte allo stesso tempo. Non sono in grado di trovare le parole per descrivere gli eventi narrati dall'autrice e quindi mi sono appropriata delle sue parole. Delle parole di una sopravvissuta.

Nell'introduzione, Eve Keller (docente che ha
Jan 15, 2017 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written memoir of an incredible story of survival. What an amazing woman.
Sep 27, 2015 Francine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars for this memoir describing the fear, horror, love, and survival that the author, Millie Werber, experienced as a Jew in Poland, 15 years old until her early 20’s—during the Holocaust. Eve Keller, a Professor at Fordham University, met Millie through Millie’s son, Martin. In the book’s introduction, Eve beautifully describes the development of her relationship with Millie, and the challenges of drawing out stories and secrets that have been hidden for so long.
Millie’s son, Martin Werbe
Jan 07, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I received the book, Two Rings: A Story of Love and War as part of Goodreads First Reads. The first night I picked it up, I read for about 3 hours and had a hard time putting it down. The book is written in a simple manner as if I was sitting with Millie Werber, listening to her tell me about her life and it brought me right into the tale she telling. It's a hard subject, as it is about the life of a Polish Jewish teenage girl in WWII and what happened to her and her family starting with being i ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Joyanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I finished this book on my birthday at the Tunnel Beach in Holland, MI. I am glad the sun was shining as there were some truly dark parts to this book. It is a true story of one Holoaust survivors experiences before, during and after being in the Nazi work camps of World War II. As with many stories from survivors, Millie shares the horrors that she witnessed and lived through but she does it with an authenticity that touched me deeply. She tells her story from her perspective and often question ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like an absolute heel rating a Holocaust book so low ... but the best I can say about this one was "it was ok." I did learn some things: it was told from a new-to-me perspective (Polish Jews forced to labor in factories for the German war machine -- though later Millie was sent to Auschwitz, too). And I certainly appreciated the candid honesty with which Millie told her story. But I just felt so disheartened reading it. I felt so sorry for Millie's losses -- of her family and her dignity ...more
Michael Richards
very fast read. Could read in a couple of days if had the time. Story starts in central Poland the city of Radom. One third of town was Jewish. A city of 30,000. By age 13 or 14 Millie Werber was forced to move with her family to a Ghetto. August 1942 brought deportations. Later 12 hour work days were mandatory and no bathroom breaks until after 6 hours. One shower a month. A move to the kitchen was better for Millie but still peeled 1 thousand potatoes a day. But could sneak a bite of small pee ...more
Susan Foster
Not a bad story. It was a little confusing because it skipped around chronologically. I was listening to in my car in snippets. That probably didn't help.

And, I'm sorry--this might sound bad, but I was disappointed that Millie chose to step away from her faith. I know, I know--I've never been a prisoner of war nor subjected to the cruelty and torture of the Holocaust victims. But, I've read Corrie ten Boom's "The Hiding Place." In her book, ten Boom tells of her family's capture by the Germans a
Leanne Davis
Oct 16, 2015 Leanne Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. This story is brutal in what happens to Millie during WWII. She is put into a ghetto at the age of 14 and goes on to be a slave laborer and ends up in Auschwitz for six months. She survives it all and finds two different loves, one in midst of being a slave laborer. It is horrifying and heartbreaking what she and her first love/husband suffer. She never really knows what happens to him but he most certainly died at the hands of the Germans. The way this story is told is so real and wi ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Trustno1k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
What a GREAT book! I won this book as a First Reads; in fact, this was the first book I have won on goodreads and I was far from being disappointed! If I had to use only one word to describe this book, I would use the word "honesty". What an amazing women and what an amazing life and story. It's a memoir about a young girl named Millie while growing up during WWII. It's about her stuggle with great loss, the unbelievable bond of love and surviving. This book was written so wonderfully, that I co ...more
May 21, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting memoir of Millie Weber's experiences during WWII. As a young Jewish girl Millie has whatever childhood left ripped from her as she is trapped in a ghetto built around her home, forced into slave labor, then somehow managed to survive Auschwitz only to provide slave labor again. It's also the story of her survival, endurance and triumph over these events which could have killed her at any moment. It's the story of the individuals who made a difference in her life and, in so ...more
i loved this book, at the same time i so much did not like it; here is the thing -- my heart has ALWAYS gone out so sympathetically to the jews of the holocaust period, which is interesting in light of the fact that i LATER in life married a man of jewish descent. the books that i read i am SO TOUCHED BY, but at the same time, they also BREAK MY HEART, BREAK IT! i did not imagine that this book would speak SO DESCRIPTIVELY about the HORRORS, the ATROCITIES! ohhhh, it made me CRINGE, from the top ...more
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Millie Werber is today the matriarch of a close and loving family. After moving to the United States in 1946, she and her husband, Jack, raised their two sons in Queens, NY, where together they built a real estate business. They lived happily together for sixty years until Jack’s death in 2006. Millie now lives on Long Island surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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