This book is beautiful, intimate, breathtaking and heart breaking It reads like a novel and yet gives a better sense of what was happening to Jewish families during the Holocaust than any history book I ve read I feel so invested in the Neumann family and their friends, as if I know them personally More than anything, my takeaway from this book is the love and hope that was so clearly poured into it. In This Remarkably Moving Memoir Ariana Neumann Dives Into The Secrets Of Her Father S Past Years Spent Hiding In Plain Sight In War Torn Berlin, The Annihilation Of Dozens Of Family Members In The Holocaust, And The Courageous Choice To Build AnewIn , The First Neumann Family Member Was Taken By The Nazis, Arrested In German Occupied Czechoslovakia For Bathing In A Stretch Of River Forbidden To Jews He Was Transported To Auschwitz Eighteen Days Later His Prisoner Number Was Entered Into The Morgue Book Of Thirty Four Neumann Family Members, Twenty Five Were Murdered By The Nazis One Of The Survivors Was Hans Neumann, Who, To Escape The German Death Net, Traveled To Berlin And Hid In Plain Sight Under The Gestapo S Eyes What Hans Experienced Was So Unspeakable That, When He Built An Industrial Empire In Venezuela, He Couldn T Bring Himself To Talk About It All His Daughter Ariana Knew Was That Something Terrible Had Happened When Hans Died, He Left Ariana A Small Box Filled With Letters, Diary Entries, And Other Memorabilia Ten Years Later Ariana Finally Summoned The Courage To Have The Letters Translated, And She Began Reading What She Discovered Launched Her On A Worldwide Search That Would Deliver Indelible Portraits Of A Family Loving, Finding Meaning, And Trying To Survive Amid The Worst That Can Be Imagined When Time Stopped Is An Unputdownable Detective Story And An Epic Family Memoir, Spanning Nearly Ninety Years And Crossing Oceans Neumann Brings Each Relative To Vivid Life In Uncovering Her Father S Story After All These Years, She Discovers Nuance And Depth To Her Own History And Liberates Poignant And Thought Provoking Truths About The Threads Of Humanity That Connect Us All I received the advance copy and read it in 2 days I couldn t put it down What an incredible story, not only of one man s survival of the Holocaust, but also of the journey his daughter takes to piece together his story without him and to come to terms with the revelations she uncovers Meticulously researched, the details she unearths give the story the richness and texture of a novel At times devastatingly painful and at other times full of light, beauty, and hope, it was an entrancing read. A brilliant memoir Ariana Neumann s journey to discover her father s history is both a breathtaking tale of intrigue and a devastating memoir of a family decimated by the Nazi regime A fascinating book. 3.5 Stars Powerful and moving memoir The author did an incredible job finding long lost relatives and family friends as well as documents to discover her family s history of loss and love especially given the language barriers and time as well as secrets passed But, this was truly a love letter to her father and his family, whose stories had been erased by evil but will soon be told to the world I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own I m hoping the finished copy will have a elaborate family tree bc the beginning of the book was a bit muddled for me I would try and figure out which relative she was corresponding with but the tree is mostly her father s generation or above. Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 10 13 19 Finished 10 17 19 Excellent memoir of a young Venezuelan woman s search for her father s history of living through WWII in his homeland of Czechoslovakia and through terrors in Germany Starting with a box of documents, letters and photos, she begins her research into her family s past and discovers the loss and gain of family members She learns the details of dozens of her relatives, most she didn t know existed Perseverance kept many of these people alive so that today their descendants live all over the world. One of the most thought provoking memoirs I ve ever read, written with descriptive detail of an immensely talented new author I am looking forward to reading all Ariana Neumann has to write.
Ariana was born in Caracas, Venezuela She has been researching her family history, tracing people, uncovering untold stories and solving the mysteries of her father s past for over a decade Her memoir When Time Stopped Scribner, February 2020 tells her journey of discovery about her father s unlikely survival after hiding in plain sight in Berlin during WWII and gives glimpses of the lives, ho
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- When Time Stopped
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