“…an important personal and historic document… Gracefully written… a triumph of the human spirit… a universal message.”
— Prof. Emeritus Michael Kerestesi, Wayne State University
More than a Holocaust survivor memoir. More than just a harrowing tale of survival and hope. What makes this story special is its unique three-dimensional depth. A retired Rabbi and educator, the author masterfully weaves personal memoir into historical context, with a deep appreciation for Jewish lore and tradition.
Dov Beril Edelstein was Auschwitz inmate #A7868. He lost both parents, both grandparents and 2 brothers in the holocaust. But he survived… a twisting journey of incredible physical, emotional and spiritual endurance.
But readers of all stripes will also gain a special glimpse into the full richness of Jewish life in Hungary in the years leading up to the war. Jewish faith, customs, community and ethics not only sponsored hope for survivors like Edelstein, these values continue to inspire the forgiveness and tolerance which define the Jewish perspective on this still surreal period of history.
Originally published in the US and later in German by Bohlau Verlag Publishing, Worlds Torn Asunder has also been used for over a decade as a text at various schools and universities in religion courses with titles like “The Quest for Wholeness.” This enduring memoir is celebrating its 27th year with the release of a new digital version.