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Publisher's Summary

Through Maria's Eyes is the based on the true fascinating story of how one Jewish woman was able to survive and indeed triumph during the darkest days of the Hungarian Holocaust. Born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, Gizella Kornfield was the daughter of a prominent rabbi and engaged to be married to the handsome and wealthy man of her dreams. Then, her world collapsed overnight when, one day in March, 1944, her beautiful European city was invaded by the Nazis whose sole purpose was to eradicate as many Jews as possible before the war ended. Caught in the crossfire and terrified for the lives of her family, as well as herself, Gizella assumed a false Christian identity and obtained employment as a maid in the home of an anti-Semitic family. This book is the story of how this extraordinarily courageous and resourceful woman was able to eventually save most of her family and herself through her indomitable spirit, with her quick wit and some amazing good luck. We never know what we are made of until we are tested in times of crisis, which is exactly what makes this semi-biographical story so compelling and profound. Here is a book that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over perhaps the deadliest evil of the 20th century.
©2010 Through Maria's Eyes LLC (P)2016 Through Maria's eyes LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By TinkerMel on 08-18-16

wow! what an amazing women! a MUST read!

I don't know how to describe this book. It's heart wrenching and suspenseful. Listening to what Gizzy AKA Maria's had to indoor, what her and her family had went through being Jewish back in the 1940s is just so much. I have seen a lot of documentaries on this area. But never have I heard an account like this in such detail.
its just so much for one person to bear. I am not sure how she did it. this woman is a hero. the horror she must of felt. The pain she must've went though. It's just heartbreaking. The storyline of this is excellent. If it wasn't a true account it would be an amazing story to listen to still. but it is a true account and because of that I believe this story will be one of those stories that we'll stick with you forever.
Every time something happens bad, and something i do think would be able to deal with, she just picks her head up and goes on to the next day. I just want to give her a hug. I have learned so much from her in the short time I listened this book. In my eyes she is a hero one I hope the world does not forget. this book must of been so painful for her to write but I'm so glad she did! and shared her story with the world!
RIP Gizzy, and Heidi your story was heard.

I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom.. but it is VERY worth the buy.

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3 out of 5 stars
By LeazieB on 08-18-16

Good true story, amateur narration

This is a son's BERNIE memoir of his mother's survival in hiding in Budapest during the war. It's personal, and therefore narrow. That's not bad, it's simply the style. A decent story, but could have benefited from a better narrator. Very stilted delivery but a rather pleasant voice. This book was provided free of charge by audio book boom dot com in exchange for my honest review.

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