By Rena Kornreich Gelissen
Despatched to Auschwitz at the first Jewish shipping, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi loss of life camps for over 3 years. whereas there she was once reunited along with her sister Danka. on a daily basis grew to become a fight to satisfy the promise Rena made to her mom whilst the family members used to be pressured to separate apart--a promise to maintain her sister. one of many few Holocaust memoirs in regards to the lives of ladies within the camps, Rena's Promise is a compelling tale of the fleeting human connections that fostered decision and made survival achieveable. From the bonds among moms, daughters, and sisters, to the hyperlinks among prisoners, or even prisoners and guards, Rena's Promise reminds us of the humanity and wish that survives inordinate inhumanity.
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Page 9 She pauses, looking across the room as if someone were standing there in front of her, someone I cannot see. Leaning forward, she smooths the cloth on the coffee table, making sure that the edges lie perfectly flat and at right angles to the table. She switches topics and begins to speak tenderly of the holidays. Frania was one of my best friends. She'd come over to our house to celebrate Sukkot, the harvest festival. We'd build an open-air shelter which we hung with little baskets with chestnuts or apples in them, colorful rings of paper, and nuts from the roof, which was made of tree branches.
Mama began to lament. I had never seen her so distraught. Slowly, she covered Danka's head with a white sheet and her baby blanket. . I was only three, but I remember wanting to wipe away Mama's tears and I prayed to God in heaven to bring my baby sister back to Mama. Then there was a wail from beneath the blanket. First there was terrora ghost, an apparition, something unknowable had entered our house. But the wailing did not stop. Mama ran to Page 8 Danka's side, threw back the blanket, and there she was, red-faced and breathing and not at all happy about being covered up.
My knees sank. Mama scrutinized me, but I did not even look at his face. "Welcome, Andrzej. " Papa offered him a chair. " Mama and I watched them from the other room. "Thank you, Mr. " Andrzej took the cigarette with a grateful nod. . This is very difficult for me, but I must ask. It is no longer safe in Tylicz for Rena. " "I heard what happened last night, Mr. Kornreich. " "Sir, I would not take any money from you. She is my friend since childhood. " Papa paused, stroking his chin where his beard should have been.