• by Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by Deidre Rubenstein
  • 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This remarkable true story begins in the Polish city of Krakow in 1890 and spans 100 years and four continents.God blessed Lieba and the devout Jewish patriarch Daniel Baldinger with 11 children. This richly textured portrait follows their lives, lives that personify the struggles and hopes of our century, down the decades, through the terrifying years of the Holocaust to the present. Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.


What the Critics Say

"Although it has the epic sweep and emotional depth of a 19th-century novel, Diane Armstrong's absorbing family memoir centers around the 20th-century Holocaust that consumed the lives of six million European Jews....Her skillful blending of vibrant individual voices across the generations makes this memoir a touching tribute to the healing powers of storytelling as well as to the unquenchable human spirit." ( review)


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Spectacular story

A deeply moving account of triumph under harrowing and heartbreaking times. One of the finest nonfiction works I've ever encountered. Despite the hardships and horrors, a family lives and testifies to the power of love, family, survival. Highly recommended for its' breadth of emotion, fabulous narration and stunning account of victory.
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- Margaret


I go through about 3-4 audio books a month and I rarely write reviews, but for this book I will take the time. Diane, with her thoughtful words tells a complex multi-generational tale of a large Jewish family and its slow decent into the horrifying years that the madman Hitler ruled part of Europe.

To tell the story of so many characters is difficult but Diane seems to do it with ease and congruency. Her story telling ability had me not wanting to turn off the radio. I found myself driving around the outskirts of my neighborhood for a few more minutes to hear what happens next.

The accented Deidre Rubenstein does an excellent job of narrating this journey of a family rich in character, the sad fate of some and the brave journey of those who kept moving forward and lived to tell about it.

I found this to be a beautifully and interesting told story of an important and very scary time we should never forget, if nothing else, so it does not happen again. It seems to not understand this history only allows the door to open for history to repeat itself, perhaps with a different culture and a slightly different bent. Diane captures the time and the moments magnificently.
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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd