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To See You Again: A True Story of Love in Time of War

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  612 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Will you love me always just as you love me now? I asked. Always, he promised. With these words, Betty Markowitz and Richie Kovacs pledged their hearts to each other forever. They met as children in 1939 in Budapest, and fell in love as teenagers amid the terror of a world at war, confident that their love could survive even Hitler. Separated from Richie by the Nazis in 19 ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 471 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Thorndike Press (first published September 27th 1999)
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Carissa
Feb 23, 2008 Carissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You MUST read this book! This was a truly beautiful love story. It is a true story, told by one of the main characters, and it made me cry so much. Nothing is more romantic and emotional than a love story that is real, not made up by someone's imagination.
Jesika
Aug 27, 2010 Jesika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
Great book with gut wrenching details. At many points in the story I was saying out loud..Oh my god and would close my eyes wincing in pain. Yeah also by the way do not read this book before bed. Reading about holocaust happenings is a recipe for bad sleep and or bad dreams ;)
I was waiting and waiting toward the end for Baby and Richie to reunite. Through the years I was wondering how she could still be so in love with him. I'm trusting that this is a true story as it claims and none of the det
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Amyluvchild
Sep 23, 2009 Amyluvchild rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story! I felt as though I was there, reliving her years during the holocaust. It's a story that is so raw, so delicate, and so heart-breaking, that I have a much more appreciation for history and the knowledge of events that took place during WWII. I admire Betty Schimmel. I am sure it was not easy to write about everything horrific that has happened to her, and I applaud her for doing so. She poured her heart to us in this book, about her struggle to live and havin ...more
Caroline Orien

A woman writes her story about how she was separated from her childhood love because of World War II. I have mixed feelings about this book. My heart broke for her because of the horrible and horrific things she had to endure but I didn't really like her as a person. I felt she was very self absorbed and her book did not flow very well. Her story is a tragedy because she continued to live in the past while trying to live a normal life on the surface. But, how can I blame her? Because of circumst
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Karyl
In a way, Betty Schimmel was a very lucky person. As a girl, her father moved the family from Czechoslovakia to Budapest, Hungary, in order to flee the Nazis. But eventually, the Nazis invaded even Hungary, and it was then that Betty and her mother and siblings were sent to a concentration camp. What makes her lucky is that the invasion didn't happen until March of 1944, so the family didn't have to endure years and years of starvation and overwork like the Jews in Germany. Also Betty's mother w ...more
Jennifer
This was an interesting book. The only other book I've read regarding the holocost was Anne Frank, Diary of A Young Girl, and this was a bit different. The author actually spent most of the war outside of the prison camps, trying to stay under the radar, with her mother and siblings. She meets a boy and falls in love and they are ripped from each other destined never to see each other again. She's a tough little girl, which makes me wonder why she ended up marrying a man she didn't love and puni ...more
Po
Aug 23, 2009 Po rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, non-fiction
This book has an amazing story, which happens to be true, making it even more amazing. The author is a Holocaust survivor, and she recounts her youth in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian march, time at a concentration camp, and then in the camps afterwards waiting to head to America. Truly blows my mind that this was only two generations ago. The author's love for her mother and father, and their fierce, undying parental love is humbling.

When you factor in the amazing love story, and her reunion wi
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Charlie
Jul 01, 2015 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww11, non-fiction
This book read more like a fiction. However, Betty Schimmel had a fascinating story to tell. It just seems hard to believe that ALL of the events were true, I'll take her word on it though. Calling herself "pretty" practically in every chapter was a bit too much. And, she apparently was a brat and a carefree individual that could have cost her life and her family's life as well during the Holocaust.

So, I gave it a 4 because I believe the story is TOTALY TRUE. Hope that nothing untrue was added
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Lvarley
Nov 04, 2011 Lvarley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one! Betty and Richie are a young couple who want to be together for life and make plans to be married in the future. They are both Jewish and are forced to separate in 1944 due to the German invasion. Betty tells the story of her horrific times she is forced to endure and the hope of being with Richie again is never far from her thoughts.

She survives and marries Otto, and he is aware of her feelings for a man she hasn't seen in years. Yet Betty knows that if she is reunite
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anieva
Apr 03, 2008 anieva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
Recommended to anieva by: found it in a bargain-book section of a store
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Phaedra221
Jan 03, 2015 Phaedra221 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of love: knowing love, love lost, love found, to know love yet again. A story that hurts in many ways and I wonder what others would have done if they found themselves is the same situation as Otto in 1950, as Baby (Betty) during her trip to Budapest in 1975. A story of amazing survival and a mother who did what she could to keep her three children together during WWII. Had not been aware of the Arrow Cross Party in Hungary and their atrocities. At times, reading this book is painful, bu ...more
Edwina Hall Callan
This is the true story about a young couple, very much in love, dreaming about their future together. They are Jewish, they live in Budapest and the year is 1944 ... they are torn apart ... sent to concentration camps ... and miraculously survive. She thinks he is dead ... but nearly 30 years later ... a strange twist of fate brings them face to face ... and back into each others arms.
This book had me in tears ... more than once.
Taylor
Jun 24, 2012 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never been much of a Biography reader, but I couldn't put this one down. The story was heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, disturbing, and I loved every minute. I didn't like that it happened, obviously, but it was such a vivid retelling that I was emotionally invested and bawled like a baby at the end. I agree and disagree with the decision, for various reasons. If you're even slightly interested in the Holocaust, read this book.
Julie
Sep 25, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Lovers and Star Crossed Lovers
Recommended to Julie by: Linda Spitler
Shelves: school-year-2010
I could not believe that this book was actually a true story! I read as if it could be fiction based on all the twists and turns of Betty's life. It really is true that sometimes "truth is better than fiction." The story had me thinking long after I had finished reading it. I still cannot believe the ending and wonder...what if?
Leah
Dec 02, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most incredible book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. And I had to read in isolation so I could cry. It's a very touching and heart-wrenching story. If you've been to Budapest, it's also extremely descriptive of places. Being there after reading the book was sobering.
Connie
Mar 20, 2017 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story of the mayhem the Nazis caused in the lives of so many innocents in W.W. II. This story is true. A great love story. Two young people who lost everything, survived everything, but got sidetracked in the process. I’m not sure I’d have made the same eventual choice the author did. It’s haunting every step of the way. Of course families couldn’t believe, or even imagine, what the work camps really were. Nor could they fathom that they would be taken from their county farms, town ...more
Chelsea
I would have put a spoiler warning for this review, but even just looking at the pictures included in the middle of the book you can guess the outcome of the story, which also ultimately was a big reason why I didn't enjoy the book as much...

Betty's story of growing up while trying to survive as a Jew during WWII is gut-wretchingly sad. Though Holocaust-themed literature and movies abound, reading a personal story of someone who was forced to endure a death march, as well as one of the horrifyin
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Janis Harrington
An autobiography by Betty Schimmel's life during the Nazi occupation of Hungary and her survival of the Hungary Death March from Budapest to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria is filled with graphic details. That juxtaposed with an unrequited teenage romance that haunts her entire lifetime shows the lasting effects of the Holocaust on its victims. It is an interesting story and a tremendously fast read, but the Holocaust itself is overshadowed with her obsessive search for her lost lov ...more
Koren
To See You Again: A True Story Of Love And War by Betty Schimmel
4 stars

The author was a Jewish teenager during the Holocaust. She was separated from her boyfriend and spent most of the rest of her life pining away for him, even after marrying and having children. Will she find him and leave her home and family for him? There may be a spoiler in my review so dont scroll down if you dont want to know.


I really liked this book and couldnt put it down waiting to find out if she found her childhood l
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Catherine
This is more of a 3.5 star book.

I liked Betty's honesty thoughout the book. She showed herself, warts and all. She walked the line between being a self-absorbed teen and helping her mother and trying to make her mother happy.

I was mad at Otto for pushing her into marriage so quickly, but it is hard to be mad at Otto. He lost everything and wanted a family so badly.

I think in the end, Betty made the right choice, but it was so sad. Stupid Hitler - he stole so much from so many. I wonder (view
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Natalie
I'm not sure how to rate this book. On one hand, this story was so extremely and unbelievably horrific that it had my emotions all over the place. How do you rate that? I was angry, amazed, sad, horrified, and ashamed. Ashamed, because after learning of the author's constant struggles during and, even emotionally after the war, how dare I ever complain about such trivial things such as.... long lines at the grocery, being without power after a storm, or the numerous other stupid things that we t ...more
Bonnie
Oct 05, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sandra
Jan 03, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leslie
Jan 17, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story, but I had a hard time with the main character's character. On amazon.com the review from publisher's weekly even mentions that "the breathless passages describing her teenage love affair may alienate readers who suspect that her 50-year obsession more likely stems from nostalgia for the charmed, lost world of pre-Hitler Europe than from any connection with a man she knew half a century ago". It was hard to read of her marriage to Otto and her constant longing for ano ...more
Tiffany
Aug 04, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend gave me this book (Domenic) knowing how much I love a good romance... and what a romance this was! I have never read anything from the Holocaust (with exception of Anne Frank's diary, which was pretty mild) so there were many shocks in this book in regards to the horrors that the Hungarian Jews lived through. It was very well written, which is a feat given the awful scenes the author would describe. Some of what I read left me feeling very raw. A very thought provoking book, for sure!
Starlie Squires
Jan 25, 2008 Starlie Squires rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time putting this book down. It is a wonderful true story of young love that lasts through the ravages of war, separation and the unknown. Betty has to make decisions throughout her life that are heartbreaking. I cried with her as she endured so much and witnessed such evil. She had to keep so many secrets from such a young age. What an ominous responsibility. Her only bright light of hope was her love for Richie. Peace comes to her eventually but not without a tremendous price ...more
Ronit
Dec 26, 2015 Ronit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend suggested this to me when I was heart broken as a teenager after a break up, said it might make me happy/comforted, and it really was a touching story, about how someone found love and happiness after losing the love of her life during the holocaust... until one day she bumped into him again... not going to share what happened next, but it was a really good book, sharing the sides of the holocaust you normally don't read about- what happened to relationships, and did they manage to surv ...more
Patti
Nov 10, 2008 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! True Story of Betty Markovitz and Richie Kovacs-high school lovers in Budapest, Hungary. When the Germans invade Hungary-both families end up in Concentration Camps-its about March 1944. They can't find each other after the war and Betty's parents convince her to marry some nice boy and forget Richie. They move to NYC and raise there young family. Betty takes her college age daughter to Hungary twenty some odd years later and who does she run into-its unbelievable-you will cry! ...more
Kim
Aug 16, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read several Holocaust survivor stories and this book is similar in its tale of horrible living conditions in concentration camps and senseless death. The story picks up toward the end of the book and becomes much more interesting when the author is torn between her obligations to her spouse and the possibility of leaving to be with the love of her life. The author's devotion to her family, religion and the Jewish people is very inspiring.
Nancy
Apr 05, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I thought I would. It was not so difficult to put down, but I couldn't wait to pick it up again. A different kind of suspense - when will this horror of the Nazis end? Not weighted down with great introspection by the author, by her actions and decriptions, you understand who she came to be a how she worked at changing herself. I cried with sadness as the final pages unfolded - there would be pain no matter which path she chose.
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