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Joshua and Isadora: A True Tale of Loss and Love in the Holocaust

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Traveling through the Ukraine, Romania, and Turkey, Michael Benanav documented the incredible story of his grandmother Isadora, who was deported along with every Jew in Romania and held captive in a frozen Ukrainian area called Transnistria. Near the end of the Nazi occupation, Isa returned to Bucharest. She emigrated to Palestine on the Toros, the ship on which she met th ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Lyons Press
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Elaine Reinhard
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book. So horrifying to know what the Jewish Holocaust families went through. So hard to believe that any were able to survive.
Dec 05, 2012 added it
Benanav, Michael (2008). Joshua & Isadora: A True Tale of Loss and Love In the Holocaust. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press. 258 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59921-240-1 (Hardcover) $24.95.

While this book is an adult biography of Michael Benanav’s grandparents and their experiences with the Nazis, I include it in this review because Joshua & Isadora is a cautionary tale to teen readers. There is an implicit suggestion to explore our own roots. Benanav asks us to create a world worthy of respect, a world
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I finally read this book last night. I foolishly thought it would be a romantic story, and it was in parts, but duh, it was about the horrors of Jewish extermination. This wasn't so much about the camps which I've read about, but more about the marches and ghettos--still terrible. The first part was a little difficult to get through as it was heavy Zionist, which I did not expect, but I couldn't put it down. Benanav weaves between Joshua, Isadora and his present journey into Romania and Ukraine. ...more
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I can't decide if I give this book three or four stars. Three at the beginning, four at the end. I struggled through the beginning. If I had more knowledge of Jewish history, WWI history and politics and eastern European culture and geography I would have enjoyed this book more. The author leap frogs between stories of each of his grandparents, along with a trip he took of the places they lived and were imprisoned. A map would have been really helpful to visualize these places and how they inter ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it liked it
I'd add half a star if I could. The story started out to be very promising, and I was looking forward to learning about Joshua and Isadora, but I felt that there was a lot of filler. The filler wasn't bad, but it was a lot of military and political history that I wasn't as interested in.

Overall, it was a good read.
Elena Davis
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In my never ending quest to make sense of the insanity of
Europe around WWII, this is a different scenario: Hungary,
Zionist and emigration to Palestine. It is also a love story
after a series of coincidental events.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This book had more info on the events that led up to the holcaust. Quite interesting. The format was of the author's grandparents and his personal search of finding out their story. I enjoyed it and still cannot understand why people of so cruel to others.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Quick read, well written and flows well. While I understand why the author included tales of his travels to retrace his mother's Holocaust journey, I don't think they were essential parts of the story.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Just blew through this one. Amazing story (one of millions) about survival during WWII. Beautifully recounted by the grandson.

I want to try his other book too.
Dec 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
You would think that I would eventually get tired of book about the Holocaust - but no. Another interesting story of love and loss and hope and endurance.
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