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Digging: Lifting the Memorable from Within the Unthinkable

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An aging uncle is the only surviving link to his family’s history -- the stories of tragic loss and heroic survival that he has refused to share. With an emerging feeling of responsibility to share his story with his family, for the sake of his sister’s namesake and future generations, he begins a painful journey into memories of his childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and his ...more
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Published October 2nd 2013 by Rosalie Ink Publications
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Jay Howard
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title comes from the digging the author did into her husband’s family’s past, and the word is apt with regard to the meticulous research she did into the lives and deaths of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. The author has been just as thorough where the story is personal but far gentler than ‘digging’ would suggest.

For her granddaughter, Ella, Susan Rostan wanted to know the stories behind the lives of her husband’s mother, Elzbieta, and his uncle, Marian. Her writing speaks clearly of
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K.R. Slifer
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for an honest review.

This book was amazing. I moved through the book slowly, not because it was a slow or boring read, but because it was such an emotional journey. It was well written, well done, and a joy to read despite the tragic content.

There are a few stories within this novel and all of them are moving. The novel begins with Susan Rostan's desire to create a family tree for her granddaughter. Her husband's family survived the German occupation in Poland, su
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Sue Perry
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Rostan family lost many to the Nazis in Poland, and for the survivors, any dredging of wartime memories brings so much stress and pain that some topics have been off limits ever since. The author, a Rostan by marriage, accepts the taboos until the birth of her granddaughter, and then, with gentle, loving persistence, she helps to draw out long-suppressed memories from the sole remaining survivor, an elderly uncle. This memoir stitches together the stories and also tracks the emotional journe ...more
Marianne
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
An interesting but not riveting story that is poorly written to the point where one loses interest in the book. Strangely, the epilogue to the book is all that is needed to understand the gist of the story.
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Dig­ging: Lift­ing the Mem­o­rable from Within the Unthink­able by Susan Ros­tan is a non-fiction his­tory of the author’s fam­ily. Ms Rostan’s research into her husband’s fam­ily is the basis of this book.

An aging uncle is the only sur­viv­ing link to his family’s his­tory — the sto­ries of tragic loss and heroic sur­vival that he has refused to share. With an emerg­ing feel­ing of respon­si­bil­ity to share his story with his fam­ily, for the sak
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Jesse
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Susan Rostan's quest to discover her family's roots in the Holocaust is moving, to say the least. The crux of Digging is her Uncle-In-Law Marian's experiences in the Warsaw ghetto. His tales serve as a chilling reminder that, first-and-foremost, these things happened. Second of all, they happened to people, people just like anyone who might be reading this review. I stress this because, as the living history of this horrific event inevitably fades into the past, it becomes easier for nay-sayers ...more
Sally
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveway. I was interested in reading it as I have been reading memoirs this year of the Holocaust.

In this book, the author traces her husband's family's history of survival through WWII in the Warsaw Ghetto. The book was written in an approachable way so that the reader has an opportunity to get to know the family and keeping track of the family members is not difficult.

Rostan draws the reader along in a gentle way, so that you really do care for the pe
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