Echoes from the Holocaust

  • by Mira Ryczke Kimmelman
  • Narrated by Susan Marlowe
  • 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The daughter of a Jewish seed exporter, the author was born Mira Ryczke in 1923 in a suburb of the Baltic seaport of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). Her childhood was happy, and she learned to cherish her faith and heritage. Through the 1930s, Mira's family remained in the Danzig area despite a changing political climate that was compelling many friends and neighbors to leave. With the Polish capitulation to Germany in the autumn of 1939, however, Mira and her family were forced from their home. In calm, straightforward prose - which makes her story all the more harrowing - Kimmelman recalls the horrors that befell her and those she loved. Sent to Auschwitz in 1944, she escaped the gas chambers by being selected for slave labor. Finally, as the tide of war turned against Germany, Mira was among those transported to Bergen-Belsen, where tens of thousands were dying from starvation, disease, and exposure. In April 1945, British troops liberated the camp, and Mira was eventually reunited with her father. Most of the other members of her family had perished.

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What the Critics Say

"Simply written and unflinchingly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Kimmelman writes of the terror and anguish...The result is this compelling memoir." (Booklist)

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Beautiful tragic reminder of Holocaust atrocities

This audiobook was amazingly touching. I felt a strong sense of heartbreak and sorrow for Mira as she took me through her journey. She captured the innocence of the people who thought there was no possible way that an entire nation or idea could be so cruel and unforgiving. The sheer disregard for human life during WWII is stunning. You hear through school and just through other means that things were bad for Jews during WWII, but I never got a true sense of the horrors they confronted daily until listening to Mira's story. At times, it seems, death would have been a welcome reprieve during her years in the different camps.

The most amazing part of her story, for me, is that she was still able to find goodness and remember the kind acts during her ordeal. I hope this story lives on forever and is shared so that we might never forget how absolutely appalling the Nazis behaved during their short reign of power. The world should never again allow something like this to transpire.

The narration by Susan Marlowe was great. She embodied the story by reading it through a slow and somber cadence. For me, her voice reflected the pain and anguish when appropriate, but came slightly to life when slightly positive events occurred.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

Lest we forget

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, everyone should remember this part of history.


What did you like best about this story?

It touched all emotions: fear, joy, sympathy, empathy, love


What about Susan Marlowe’s performance did you like?

She brought life to the characters.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lest we forget


Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

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- Susan Patterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2017
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks