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Lion Hearts: A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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A biography of Lonek Lew, the author’s father, told through the lives of over twenty people he was friendly or associated with, a number of whom were historical figures.

Using his father’s clear and detailed accounts of his life in pre-war Poland, the Holocaust and his colourful life in Melbourne, as well as personal meetings and memories, the author assembles portraits o
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 2012 by Hybrid Publishers Melbourne Australia
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Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lion Hearts. A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Hybrid (2012)

I declare a conflict of interest at the start - Mr Henry Lew has been my mothers eye specialist for a number of years. I hope my appreciation for his personal care and professional expertise has not biased my view of his most recent book, Lion Hearts.

Looking at the Contents page I was struck by the 21 chapter headings, all names of people in Henry’s family saga - a clue that this saga was going to be very personal, very i
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
It’s not the most elegant grab-it-off-the-bookshelf cover I’ve ever seen, but once you start reading this book, it’s very engaging. It’s a biography of the author’s father, Lonek Lew, told through the lives of his many friends and relations, some of whom are prominent figures in history. With numerous examples of Lonek’s humour and wisdom, Lion Hearts is inspiring reading.

This biography might well have been sombre reading. Like many Jews of the post-war generation, Henry Lew sees himself as a vi
Mark Halpern
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am still reading this book. I am also the son of a Bialystoker and actually was in Bialystok recently (early December 2012). Harry Lew's book is a moving portrait of his survivor father, but much more. The real characters and places in this book come alive to me as I think about how my mother's family lived in Bialystok up to 1923 and some members of her family up to the War. As I walked the streets of Bialystok, I could picture Harry's father and the others in better times for Jews.

Joe Mel
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The way this book was written gives such depth of character to the main subject (Lonek) that I am sorry (like many others) that I was not privledged to have met him even though for the last eight years of his life I only lived 300 metres away from him. Something that I will regret as I am sure that there were many more wonderful stories that this very worldly true gentleman could have told. For those not able to have direct access to this generation of amazing people this book is a must read and ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have found the book very moving and inspiring. It was a huge story to tell, with the author's immediate family being the main characters, but interwoven with the history of Bialystoker, and the numerous relatives and friends of the family. His family were remarkable people and Henry R Lew has really brought them to life in the book. ...more
Joseph Reich
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very readable biography written in a very accessible way that provides a very rich background story taking us into the middle of Europe for the best part of a century. Very warm and yet unsentimental at times. Highly recommended.
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