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Memory is Our Home is a powerful biographical memoir based on the diaries of Roma Talasiewicz-Eibuszyc, who was born in Warsaw before the end of World War I, grew up during the interwar period and who, after escaping the atrocities of World War II, was able to survive in the vast territories of Soviet Russia and Uzbekistan.

Translated by her own daughter, interweaving her o
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by ibidem verlag (first published April 1st 2014)
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Laura Burstein
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Memory is our home is an extremely captivating memoir which was translated by Roma's daughter, Suzanna from Polish to English after her mother passed away. The chapters are interspersed with comments by Suzanna of her impressions during that time period growing up in Poland. I couldn't put this book down. Roma Eibuszyc tells us her story, no holds barred. She takes us from her childhood in Warsaw, Poland,to her life after escaping the brutal nazi regime to Russia and then Uzbekistan. I could fee ...more
Kalli Taub
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I highly suggest reading this memoir and personal narrative (translated from Polish to English). Unlike other holocaust nonfictions, this focus on the Polish-Russian and Uzbekistan community sheds new light to the vacuum of information available during the war, and the plight to reunite with the Poles once the Russians were no longer providing safety! I I have never read another memoir about the Polish immigrants/Jews that fled Hitler/Nazis for
Uzbekistan (and joined the Buharian community). As
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Laura
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewish, woman-authors
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this novel. I ended up gaining knowledge in the stories which were told. For some reason reading this feels more like storytelling then a novel, its told in a way that is more intimate then many narratives which I have read.

What I found most interesting about this novel was for me paradigm shift of sorts about Jews in Poland. In my background as an American Ashkanazi Jew, my grandparents (who all were born here, and my grandmother for example had a
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Laurie S
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with interest in the history of the Holocaust
Recommended to Laurie by: The author!
I've just started 'Memory is our Home......' and already I know this is one of those books I won't be able to put down! Although I've been reading Holocaust memoirs for years, I've never read a book that merges the circumstances of that era with the effects on the next generation. The tragedy continues. This book will be well worthwhile reading. 5/12/2015 Having completed the book, I'm grateful the author went through the painful process of translating her mother's diaries. The book is unique in ...more
Matthew Taub
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping, haunting, and mesmerizing. This true story mostly comes from the author's mother in diaries she wrote. Her difficult, hand-to-mouth upbringing in 1920s Poland was compounded by the rise of Nazi Germany. As Warsaw came under siege, the author's mother and a few others made the fortuitous decision to flee to Russia. But their troubles were far from over. A lifetime of slights, betrayals, nomadic movements, and perilous circumstances follow. Flickers of romance and a lasting relationship ...more
Rita Vinocur
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Memory is our home by Suzanna Eibuszyc is an outstanding book which is a powerful tool for students and public in general. It has a place of honour in our Shoah Library in Montevideo Uruguay and I highly recommend reading it.
Marek
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a very, very precious book for everyone! I could not stop reading it!
Thank you so much Suzanna!
Alexandra Lederman
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer, this is the diary of my grandmother and was translated by my mother. t

The amount of time and emotion my mom spent on her mothers personal writings is so clear in the format of this book. I learned so much about my grandmother - who was mostly silent when I knew her - and my mother. This book was touching and emotional for me in many ways. It's pretty amazing to see where I get my strength, my stubbornness, and my vocality from.
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Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Marek
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a very, very precious book for everyone! I could not stop reading it!
Thank you so much Suzanna!
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Born in communist Poland after the war, where we lived until the late 1960s. Attended a Jewish High School, Szalom Alejchem in Wroclaw before leaving for America. Graduated from CCNY with a BA. At the department of Jewish studies is where I first met Professor Elie Wiesel. I received MA from UCLA, and was awarded a grant which allowed me to travel to Poland and Israel. Meeting professor and writer ...more

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