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A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan

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Born in Belgium in 1939 to Jewish parents who had been forced to flee their beloved home in Berlin six months earlier, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann spent the first three years of her life in hiding with her family in the south of France. In the summer of 1942, three-year-old Sylvia, her two older sisters, and her young mother were arrested by the Vichy police and shipped to the Fre ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 7th 2018 by Epigraph Publishing
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Dyan deNapoli
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A LIFE REBUILT is the gripping memoir of Sylvia Ruth Gutmann's extraordinary and colorful life. Orphaned at the age of 3 when her parents were killed in the Holocaust, this intimate chronicle of Sylvia's life is a captivating and moving portrait of love, loss, grief, resiliency, and hope. Her writing is riveting, and her journey to healing is inspiring. We can feel Sylvia's deep yearning for the parents she does not remember, but cannot forget. And we are there beside her as s ...more
Beth
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everybody has a story to tell, . . . . and Sylvia's was one of the best.
I read this while on vacation, and halfway through the book I had to slow my pace because I didn't want the story to end. When it did end, I found myself wanting more.

I read a lot of historical fiction, especially about the holocaust. Therefore it was emotional to me to read someone's own account, especially through the eyes of a young child.

Kudos to Sylvia for sharing her story.
Judith Locke
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Life Rebuilt is a story of loss, love, then the power to change. The scene that will always haunt me is when Sylvia's mother is torn away from her!
Ishy Creo
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I simply could not put this book down! I started reading it mid-day, and read through the entire night without stopping (something I never do). A Life Rebuilt is an incredible journey of an incredible woman. Just when you think her life can't possibly get any worse, it does. Though the book is told without mercy for the reader, you quickly feel you are in the hands of an intimate friend. Our current political crisis has led to a resurgence of ethnocentrism, xenophobia and white male dominance. A ...more
Barbara Hugh
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking. My thoughts go to the children in cages
Kathie
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to hear Sylvia Gutmann speak this week and purchased her book. It is one of those books that you cannot get out of your head until you finish and have time to reflect. I think the strongest moments of her account are when she realizes that her speaking had the power to touch the empathetic core of young audiences.
Janie
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sylvia Gutmann tells the most harrowing of tales in the most human way. This memoir is as beautiful as it is raw, as inspiring as it is gut-wrenching. Who knew that the story of a holocaust survivor could be so very relevant today? It is. It is impossible to read her story at arm's length. The fact that Sylvia is alive to tell it and had the courage, will, determination and talent to write it in such a stunning way, just makes her an incredible and inspirational narrator. Not only does she survi ...more
Lucy Meeker
This memoir was very well-written, and I love reading the stories of those who lived through hardship and terror. Their stories need to be told. No matter how many of these stories I read, I am still in awe. It is unbelievable the situation they were in, the things they saw, and the challenges they faced. Very good read and highly recommend!
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