- Gebundene Ausgabe: 253 Seiten
- Verlag: Fithian Pr (Juli 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1564742458
- ISBN-13: 978-1564742452
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 16,5 x 24,1 cm
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Ruchele: Sixty Years from Szatmar to Los Angeles (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juli 1998
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Excerpted from The Jewish Journal, Dec. 11, 1998
They came from the same small town of Szatmar, Romania. But throughout their childhood and throughout the dark days of World War II, Rozsi Katz and Sanyi Farkas never laid eye on one another. Sanyi spent much of the war in a forced labor camp; Rozsi led a precarious life in Budapest, posing as a Christian. They did not meet until 1945, when both were back in Szatmar, waiting for family members who would never arrive.
Married and living in the United States, Rozsi and Sanyi, who have become Rose and Alex, prefer to focus on the positive. Since their arrival from Communist Romania in 1965, they have parlayed hard work and quick wits into a comfortable living.
Given their special closeness, it's not surprising that Rose's recently-published memoir is actually a family affair. The book is called "Ruchele: Sixty Years from Szatmar to Los Angeles" (Fithian Press) after Rose's childhood nickname, and it traces her personal history from the crowded apartment in Szatmar to the spacious home in Bel Air with its million dollar view. Rose recounts her harrowing experiences in wartime Budapest (at one point she sought shelter within the Hungarian Nazi Party) and depicts the grim days of Romanian Communism in full detail.
Proceeds from the sale of "Ruchele" will go to Sinai Temple, and they hoe to supply copies to school libraries so that all children can learn from it.
I have read the book and found it fascinating and especially enjoyed the details and touching anecdotes about neighbors and family members which bring to life the lost world of orthodox Judaism in Eastern Europe. As an added feature, her book is wonderfully illustrated by "Ruchele's" husband, Alex. The drawings give us the feel of the old country where we grew up.
Ruchele was the youngest daughter in an Orthodox Jewish family of ten children in Szatmar, Romania. Like may of her contemporaries, she saw her childhood cut short by the outbreak of WWII and the Holocaust. In this memoir Ruchele, now named Rose, recounts her difficult girlhood in pre-war Romania and nazi-occupied Hungary. She tells how she survived under a Gentile identity in Budapest, and tells in plain words the price that she and other survivors among her family and friends had to pay. Los Angeles author Rose Farkas gives an eye-witness account of the history that changed Europe-and the World-forever in "Ruchele". (Fithian Press, Santa Barbara)